People’s War in India Clippings 19/1/2016

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One Naxal killed, two arrested in Chhattisgarh

One Naxal was killed in a gun battle with the security forces today in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district while two other ultras were arrested from Bastar region. When the 204 battalion of CRPF reached Hirmapara village of Bijapur district during a patrol, the ultras opened indiscriminate fire at them, police said. The security forces opened retaliatory fire in which one naxal was killed, they said. Meanwhile, two Naxals identified as Mangel (48) and Mura (21) were arrested from Kanker and Sukma districts respectively, police officials of Bastar region said. During interrogation, Mangel said that he was a former member of Barda and Kiskoro Dalam, they said.

Security stepped up following suspected Maoist attack in Kerala

Around 12.30 am on Tuesday, suspected Maoists attacked the house of Baskaran Nair, Manager of a bank at Kallu Mooku near Nambiyar Kunnu checkpost

Police in the West Zone have stepped up deployment of forces and vigil along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border following a suspected Maoist attack on the house of a bank manager at Sulthan Patheri in Wayanad district of neighbouring Kerala. Around 12.30 am on Tuesday, suspected Maoists attacked the house of Baskaran Nair, Manager of a bank at Kallu Mooku near Nambiyar Kunnu checkpost and set fire to his car. Kerala police, quoting eyewitnesses, said that the gang then entered the forest leading to a suspicion that they could be Maoists.

This is said to be the sixth incident in recent times after brazen attacks at Palakkad and in Silent Valley a couple of months ago. Following the incident, police have stepped up combing operations and vigil along the Kerala border that runs through forests and plantations in the Nilgiris.

IEDs found in Palamu

Daltonganj: Four improvised explosive devices (IED) were found by a joint team of CoBra and Latehar police from Budha Pahar on Monday. Police said the recovery was made following a heavy exchange of bullets with the CPI (Maoist) led by its leader Arvind ji at Budha Pahar around 8am. Confirming the recovery of the four IEDs and their neutralization, DIG (police) Saket Kumar Singh said there was heavy firing from both sides for two hours. No one was injured, he added. The DIG added that security forces found a 500 metre electric cable, nine electric detonators, one generator set, 19 blankets, Maoist literature, cooking utensils, medicines, etc at the encounter site. Police said one or two horses were also sighted but they ran amok following crossfire. “Arvind ji squad of the CPI (Maoist) had a shelter camp at Budha Pahar, which has now been destroyed by the security forces,” the DIG said.

Security personnel exchange fire with Maoists in Garhwa

Security personnel exchanged gunfire with the Maoists in Garhwa district but there was no report of any casualty in either side, police said. The encounter between 209 battalion of CoBRA and the ‘dasta’ (firing squad) of Maoist leader Arvind lasted for two hours at Budha Pahad under Bhandaria police station of the district, Superintendent of Police Priyadarshi Alok told reporters here. A massive search operation was carried out after the encounter, he added.

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