Suspected Naxal held
A suspected Naxal was arrested from near an abandoned airport, around 60 km from here, at Chakulia in Maoist-hit Ghatsila sub-division of Jharkhand, a top police officer today said. The Maoist, identified as Baleshwar Soren, was arrested in a raid based on an information last night, police said. The Officer-in-Charge of Chakulia police station, Dilip Paswan said a country-made pistol and naxal literature were recovered from his possession. Soren was having links with hard-core Maoists Kanu Munda-led squad, he said adding that a case under section 25(a-b)a/26 Arms Act and 17 CLA Act had been lodged.
Maoists set ablaze four vehicles of private firm in Chhattisgarh
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres allegedly set on fire four vehicles of a private firm engaged in a road construction work in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh on January 8, reports PTI. The incident occurred at a remote Muskel village under Dantewada Police Station limits where work on construction of a road was underway, Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI. As per preliminary information, a group of armed ultras stormed the spot this evening and threatened the employees and labourers to leave the place, following which they set ablaze four vehicles, including a truck, a tipper and a SUV, he said.
Maoist training camp busted in Khunti
Ranchi: A Maoist training camp was busted by a joint team of CRPF and district police Birbanki in Arki block on Friday night following a brief encounter with the rebels in the afternoon. “The team had busted the camp on Friday evening, but by the time we collected all the recovered items it was late night,” Khunti SP Anish Gupta said at a press meet on Saturday. The operation is still going on to find anyimprovised explosive devices that may have been planted in the area. “As per the intelligence inputs, Maoist had gathered at Kurumbara forest in Birbanki. A joint team was formed to chase them,” the SP said. ASP (operations) PR Mishra said, “Targeting the advancing party, Maoists opened fire. None of the bullets, however, hit our men.” The forces retaliated to the Maoists’ fire. “The rebels could not cope with the retaliation and left the camp within a short period of time. They left behind materials used for manufacturing IEDs at the camp,” he said.
After the Maoists left, police searched the area and found a 1,000m codex wire, manyelectric wires, 25 can bombs, one tiffin bomb, two pressure cooker bombs and four LGP cylinders. Two of the LPG cylinders were wrapped in codex wire. “The Maoists use LPG cylinders to make powerful bombs. One bomb is enough to blow up a police vehicle,” said police. Other items included firearms, 500 bullets, one laptop, mobile phones, utensils, sleeping bags, Red literature and uniform. “Our priority is to comb the entire area. We will study the literature after the operation is over,” ASP Mishra said.
Khunti SP Gupta claimed that the security forces have spotted some blood stains in the camp which indicate thatthe Maoists sustained injuries. But the claims could not be ascertained independently. A source said the Maoists were led by zonal commander Ram Mohan, a prized extremist leader. About the ongoing operation, ASP Mishra said, no recovery was made after Friday night. “The operation will continue throughout the night,” he added.