4 naxals killed in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur: Police
Four naxals were killed in a gun battle with the security forces today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said. Police had received a tip off of presence of naxals in the region after which a team of security forces was dispatched to nab them. When the team reached between Kamkanar and Poddejojer villages, the ultras opened indiscriminate firing at them, Additional DG (anti-Naxal operations) R K Vij told PTI. Post the attack by naxals, police opened retaliatory firing, the senior officer said, adding, the ultras fled the spot after the skirmish which lasted for about an hour.
When police inspected the area, bodies of four naxals, arms and ammunition like hand grenade were recovered from the site, Vij said. The team is still at the spot and the process of retrieving the bodies is on, he said, adding that more information will be available once the team returns. As many as seven naxals have been killed so far this month in Bijapur. Earlier, an LOS commander was killed on January 6, while two women ultras were gunned down in a joint operation of the state and Maharashtra Police on January 11.
Combing intensified in Maoists-hit areas: DGP Koraput:
Director General of Police KB Singh said combing operations would be intensified in Maoist-hit areas by adopting special warfare techniques to counter the growing Maoist violence in the areas. Reviewing the law and order situation arising out of Maoist violence in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Rayagada and Nuapada with senior police officers here Friday, the DGP said tactful operations in Maoist-hit areas bordering Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh were needed to check Naxal activities.
Dist admn to relaunch Operation Vishwas this year in Aurangabad
Aurangabad: Crediting the decline in Naxal violence cases in 2015 to Operation Vishwas, the Aurangabad district administration is all set to relaunch the drive this year. Only three cases of Naxal-related incidents were reported in Aurangabad in 2015 compared to 51 in 2013 and 42 in 2014. During the year-long anti-Naxal operation, 56 Maoists were arrested and three hardcore Naxals surrendered before the police. Several weapons, including hand grenades and cartridges, were recovered from the possession of the arrested Maoists.
Cops also nabbed 12 persons for supplying ration to the ultras. “Use of the latest unmanned aerial vehicles like drones and Netra reduced Maoist activities,” said Aurangabad SP Babu Ram, adding the police would continue its anti-Naxal drive this year too. The SP directed the security personnel to carry out 24X7 search operations in Maoist-hit areas.
Maoists kill youth on charges of being police informer
Maoist ultras allegedly killed a tribal youth on charges of being a police informer in Koraput district last night, police today said. The deceased villager has been identified as Rohini Nachika (35) of Borgipalli village, bordering Andhra Pradesh, under Narayanpatna police limits. Sources said around midnight yesterday, around 25 to 30 armed Maoists barged into Nachika house and slit his throat. Through letters left at the crime spot, the Maoists have alleged that Nachika was punished as he was working as a police informer.
Former sarpanch anti-people: Maoists
Ten days after killing former Sarpanch of Jerrela and Director of the Chintapalli Market Committee Sagina Venkataramana, the banned CPI (Maoist) gave the reason for its act saying that people considered him anti-people. It also demanded some Telugu Desam and BJP leaders by name and asked them to quit their party and posts and join the agitation against bauxite mining plans of the government. Venkataramana was killed by the Maoists on Jan. 5 at his village. In a letter sent to reporters in Agency area, the Korukonda area committee of the CPI (Maoist) said in 2008 Venkataramana when he was the Sarpanch had forged the signatures of the Gram Panchayat and prepared a resolution in favour of bauxite mining.
Now the TDP was trying to make use of the resolution to go ahead with bauxite mining, the Maoists’ letter claimed. The party alleged that Venkataramana projected himself as anti-bauxite mining crusader but was actually gathering support to the mining proposal. The party alleged that BJP leader Lokula Gandhi, TDP leaders M. Manikumari, Mukkala Mahesh, B. Nagaraju, M.V.V. Prasad and others were trying to deceive the people by their anti-bauxite mining stand. If they were sincere they should quit their parties and demand scrapping of GO No. 97, it said.
Bihar police to purchase chopper for anti-Red ops
Patna: The anti-Maoist operations in state are set to be augmented with the Bihar police planning to purchase a chopper for the use of security personnel. The chopper will help reduce time in providing air support to security forces carrying out combing operations in Maoist-hit areas. ADG (law and order) Alok Raj said modalities for purchase of the chopper were being finalised. “We have decided to borrow one of the three choppers the Centre has provided to Jharkhand till we get our own,” the ADG added.
“Technical issues like recruitment of pilot, hangar, maintenance and budget are being discussed before the purchase of the chopper. It will be stationed at Gaya hangar. The helicopter will also be helpful for police personnel on law and order duty,” the ADG said. He added that the chopper will drop commandos in Maoist-dominated areas, especially when an encounter takes place. “It will also be used to airlift injured jawans and shift them to hospitals. Security officials can use the chopper to reach the trouble spots during important operations,” he said. “Gaya hangar has been chosen to station the chopper because anti-Maoist operations are mainly conducted in southern part of the state.
Dense forest and hilly terrain make it difficult for security personnel to take quick action,” the ADG said. “We can’t land the chopper everywhere from security point of view. In Chhattisgarh, the ultras also target choppers used by security personnel. Construction of helipad in police lines and CRPF camps will ensure safe landing of the chopper,” the ADG added. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had recently said all police lines in the state will be equipped with helipads.