Maoist leader arrested in Chatra
Hazaribag: Uday Ganjhu alias Raghu Ganjhu, 50, a sub-zonal commander of CPI Maoists who was carrying a reward of Rs3lakh on his head, was arrested on Thursday night from the Seronia forest on the border of the Keredari and Tandwa police station of Chatra district. SP Hazaribag Akhilesh Kumar Jha, said that Ganjhu was responsible for killing more than 100 people in Hazaribag and Chatra districts since 1993. He was involved in more than 50 cases of massacre in the two districts and has been on the run for the last 23 years.
He said police have procured 16 permanent warrants of arrest from the court. Jha termed Ganjhu’s arrest as a prize catch for the police. The SP said, “We received information that he was hiding atSheroria jungle in Keredari for the last few days and started search operation against him and succeeded in locating him in the Sheroria forest.” Although police have seized huge quantity of Naxal literature from his possession, they have not found any arms. Ganjhu hails from Mansoria village in Manatu in Keredari known for presence of Maoists.
43 Maoists killed, 615 arrested in Chhattisgarh in 2015
The year passing by proved to be an intensive one for Chhattisgarhs Naxalism-affected Bastar region as it saw 43 Maoists, including several top leaders, being killed in encounters. A total of 615 ultras were arrested from seven districts in the region during the period. Besides, 318 rebels decided to shun the path of violence and surrendered before police, according to statistics released by the Bastar police. The statistics revealed that 162 encounters took place between police and Naxals from January 1 to December 31, 2015.
Of them, 55 encounters took place in Kanker, 37 in Sukma, 13 in Narayanpur and eight in Dantewara. Forty-three Naxals were slain in these encounters. Besides, police succeeded in demolishing several Naxal camps. Furthermore, police achieved commendable success in search campaigns, seizing 262 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 289 detonators, 118 other weapons, 700 cartridges and 20 sacks (of 50 kg each) ammonium nitrate. A major success came through in months of October and November when a cache of explosives meant for supply to the ultras was seized.
Maoists torch contractor’s vehicles in Odisha
Suspected Maoists have torched an earthmoving vehicle and a tractor at a contractor’s camp in Melchamunda area of Odisha’s Bargarh district late on Thursday night. The Maoists have torched a JCB machine and a tractor belonging to P S Construction, a contractor engaged in construction of roads in the area. “They came in a group asked for petrol. We said told them that there was no petrol in the camp. Then they pierced the diesel tank and doused the vehicles with it and set them on fire before leaving the site,” said Sukant Chand, a worker of P S Construction who was in the camp at the time of the incident.
“They have not beaten up anybody nor have abused anybody. Their operation was over in 10 minutes. They left by this road, the one you can see. Now the situation is normal. Work has begun. They will be given all types of protection to carry on their work,” said Prakash Patra SDPO Padmapur. Notably, Maoists have called for a bandh in Nuapada, Malkangiri and Kalahandi districts and some parts of Chhattisgarh today opposing ‘Operation Greenhunt’. The bandh call was given by the Mainpur Nuapada Divisional Committee of the outlawed CPI (Maoist).