Reds continue poster war in Giridih villages
Dhanbad: The CPI(Maoist) continued with its poster war against panchayati raj in the rural pockets of Pirtand and Dumri blocks of Giridih district despite the state police launching anti-Maoist operations in many districts. Three Maoist-hit blocks of the district, including Pirtand, Dumri and Bagodar will vote in the fourth and last phase of the panchayat election on December 12. Apart from protesting against the ongoing anti-Maoist operations, Maoists have asked villagers to stay away from polling. A number of posters and pamphlets were seen in the remote villages of Pirtand and Dumri blocks in the past week.
Two IEDs recovered in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Dec 9 (PTI) Two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered today from a restive location where a paramilitary forces camp is being set up in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. The explosives were recovered by a team of Central Reserve Police Force while they were undertaking establishment of a new company post at Korra village under Gadiras police station limits, Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Deepanshu Kabra said. While an IED weighed 25 kg, another explosive was of 20 kg, the officer said. Security forces spotted electric wire connections at the centre of proposed site following which the IEDs kept in steel vessels found hidden beneath the earth, averting a major mishap, the IG said. Explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad, he added.
‘WHISTLEBLOWER’ WHO EXPOSED COPS-NAXAL NEXUS MURDERED
A whistle blower Sunil Pandey (40) was killed on Tuesday December 8 in a road side hotel at Bhandar under Vishrampur police station in Palamu. Locals said Pandey had filed a PIL in the Jharkhand High Court Ranchi. According to sources the deceased had unfolded the nexus among some security personnel, Tritiya Prasthuti Committee (TPC, a splinter group of Naxals) and another Naxal outfit named JJMP. They further said that Pandey had also done an expose on the money laundering of the Naxals in which the hands of some men in uniform were stained. Sources also said the deceased Pandey had more than a dozen CDs in this regard. There were voices of many recorded too by him to buttress his parade of allegations of the deep seated nexus.
DIG Saket Kumar Singh confirmed the murder of Pandey at Bhandar on Tuesday. He did not rule out this murder as a targeted one. The assailant made no mistake, he added. Motive behind this day light murder is being investigated, he said. On being asked about the PIL filed by the deceased Pandey deputy superintendent of police ( DSP) Hira Lal Ravi said, “I am told of this PIL filed by him.” Ravi said the deceased used to come to his office quite often.
Asked if Pandey had ever complained of threat to his life or given any petition seeking police protection for his life DSP Ravi said, “So far I remember there is no such written thing in this regard.” Sources said Pandey was under pressure to withdraw the PIL. Giving details of Pandey’s murder DSP Ravi said, “The deceased was having tea this Tuesday in a road side hotel at Bhandar. Three men came on a bike. These three too took tea. One of the three stood, took out a pistol and fired point blank in the head of Pandey who fell dead.”The assailant must be knowing Pandey well added DSP Ravi. After commission of crime the three fled from the scene.Police have swung into action. Police are quizzing the staff of the hotel where this crime took place.
Police recovers 200 live detonators in Visakhapatnam
Andhra Pradesh Police has confirmed the seizure of 200 live detonators in Visakhapatnam and arrested a person on charges of supplying explosives to Maoists. The recoveries were made in Visakhapatnam District of the state when a police patrol team became suspicious of a van. During a search operation, 200 live detonators were found along with iron shells, pipes and wire bundles. Police arrested S. K. Dawood who claimed to be a cement merchant of G.K. Veedhi village. Visakhapatnam Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen said Dawood had a long liaison with Maoist rebels.
“The incident took place between Narsipatnam and Chintapally. We have taken Dawood in custody. He deals with cement and hardware in G.K. Veedhi village,” said Praveen. Police got a tip-off that explosives were being supplied to Maoist rebels through pipes and drums after interrogating Maoist leaders Venkat Rao alias Ravi and Azad. Police also suspect Dawood’s role in the abduction of three leaders belonging to the ruling Telugu Desam Party two months ago from the same G.K. Veedhi village. Maoists, also known as ‘Naxals’ in India, seek the violent overthrow of the Indian state and have fought authorities for decades, particularly in rural areas of central and eastern India where they enjoy some support.