ARMS, AMMUNITION RECOVERED AFTER ENCOUNTER WITH MAOISTS
A number of arms and ammunition were recovered from a forested patch of insurgency-hit Dantewada district following a gun battle between police and Maoists, police said on Thursday. According to the police, based on intelligence inputs regarding presence of insurgents in the jungles of Awapalli, a contingent of District Police and District Reserve Group was sent to the area. Near the jungles of Bhusapur, the police team and Maoists had a face off resulting in a gun fight which lasted for many hours.
Though no casualty was reported from both sides, however, after searching of the area, arms and ammunition were seized, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) IK Elesela informed. Seven muzzle guns, country made gun, pipe bomb, wire, detonators, live rounds of 315 bore gun, Naxal literature and other items of daily use were seized from the spot, police said.
Two Maoists killed, four arrested in Bastar
Two Maoist guerrillas of the outlawed Communist party of India (Maoist) were killed and four others were arrested in different parts of restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Friday. “The District Reserve Guard (DRG) of Narayanpur district police recovered two dead bodies of uniformed Maoists and apprehended three Maoists during an anti-Maoist operation in Kutul area of Maoists’ undeclared capital Abujhmarh today.
Seven weapons, including a 303 rifle, were recovered,” said Mr.S.R.P. Kalluri, the Inspector General of Police, Bastar range. “Keeping in mind the TCOC (Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign) of the Maoists which would be starting from January 2016, the police forces of all districts made a plan to hit the Maoists before they can strike at the security force. In this context, combined parties of different forces were launched in Abujhmad area to intercept and neutralise the Maoists. The forces were given the target of Kutul that is in the heart of Abujhmad area and considered the capital of the Maoists,” he added. The IG also informed that the police parties were attacked by the Maoists near Kutul.
“Our men retaliated the fire and the encounter lasted for about two hours. Finally, the Maoists tried to flee away from the area taking the cover of heavy forests. But because of an excellent cordon of the police, three Maoists were nabbed,” he claimed. In a separate incident, Nandu, an active Maoist and deputy section commander of military company number 2, surrendered before Dantewada police. He carried a reward of Rs.8 lakhs on his head. In another incident, Maoist Jan militia Commander Sona alias Sonadhar of Metapal range committee, was arrested by Sukma district police. “ Sonadhar had a reward of Rs.1 lakh on his head,” claimed Mr.Kalluri.
Police step up vigil against Maoists
They take note of a threat letter by CPI (Maoist)
The law enforcing agencies are on high alert in the wake of forays being made by Maoists in the State, and in Vijayawada. Though the police said that the situation was not alarming, they took serious cognisance of a letter purportedly released by the CPI (Maoist) threatening that it would punish the call money-sex racketeers in a praja court . They are on look out for the person who dropped the threatening letter at the time offices of print and electronic media. The police initially asserted that the letter was indeed a “fake one”. They averred that there was no CPI (Maoist) Andhra Pradesh Committee. But, a top cop on Thursday agreed that the Andhra Pradesh Committee did exist in the State. But, their activities were limited. The letter seems to be a desperate attempt to prove that they (Maoists) exist in the State. It could also be an attempt for extortion, felt a senior police officer. The top cop negated with the arguments that the letter did not originate from Maoists as it targeted only the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders while many leaders from other parties were also allegedly involved in call money episode.
They (Maoists) generally target the ruling party. Their ideology was anti-establishment. So, there was nothing surprising if they had left out Opposition party names, he elucidated. The State police found that the Maoist activities were going on four districts that are located on borders of other States. Following suggestion from the police department, the government sanctioned Chintoor Sub Division to tackle the extremist activities. Merger of seven mandals from Khammam district of Telangana State with East and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh has apparently spurted the extremist activities as “there is no vigil.” The Telangana State abruptly withdrew the forces from those mandals. And this came in handy for the extremist forces. The TS police decision was detrimental for Telangana also as it would help the extremists in recouping, the police officer said. The police arrested 96 extremists in 2015 and seized 27 weapons. The Maoists committed 24 offences, including murder of four civilians. These offences took place in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts. Two Maoists were killed in 13 exchanges of fire in 2015.