2 ‘Red levy collectors’ arrested in Gomia
Bokaro: Two men were arrested from the Belataad forest in Gomia block on Friday for “collecting levy” for the CPI(Maoist). The joint team of CoBRA and CRPF jawans and the district police personnel also seized firearms and ammunition from their possession. The duo, identified as Mansu Manjhi (47) and Laldhan Manjhi (42) , worked for Maoist leader Santosh Mahto, who is active in the Jhumra area, extorted money from private contractors and owners of stone crushers and had spread terror in Mahuataad area for the past few months.
Four others – Dinesh Manjhi, Dhaneshwar Manjhi, Babuchand Manjhi and Manga Majhi – also work with the duo in collecting levy and Dinesh heads the extortion wing, the police said. The arrest of Mansu and Laldhan, both residents of Putkadih, has helped the police get vital information about the rebels in the area. Police raids are on to arrest the other four. “The duo were involved in demanding levy from a prominent road construction company, Dilip Buildicon Limited, which is engaged in constructing the four-lane national highway between Bokaro and Ramgarh. Maoists have demanded 10% of the total project cost as levy from the company. Besides, the arrested Maoists had also sent letter demanding levy to three crusher owners and a contractor building bridge at Narki in Gomia,” said Ramesh. The police have intensified security in the Maoist-affected areas.
Two Women Among 3 Naxals Killed in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Three naxals, including two women, were today gunned down by security forces at two different places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar division, taking the total number of ultras killed in separate gun-battles in the region this month to 21. The women ultras were killed in a skirmish which occurred in the dense forests of Polampall police station area of Sukma district while a joint team of security forces was carrying out an anti-naxal operation in the area, Inspector General of Police Bastar Range SRP Kalluri told PTI.
A composite squad of Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Group (DRG) and local police, around 200 in number, had launched the operation in the restive forests of Polampalli, around 450 kms away from the state capital, this morning, he said. On reaching Palamadugu village forests, security forces spotted a group of armed rebels following which an encounter broke out between both the sides, the IG said. However, after around an hour of the ensuing gunfight, naxals fled to the dense forests, he said.
During searches at the spot, bodies of two women Maoists besides a country-made pistol, two muzzle loading guns, detonators, Maoist uniforms, live round of Insas and SLR rifles and articles of daily use were recovered, he added. The killed ultras were identified as Vanjam Shanti and Vanjam Pojje and both were active as militia members of Palamadugu range committee of Maoists, he said. In another incident, a naxal trainer identified as Ramsu was killed in the forests of Awapalli police station area of the neighbouring Bijapur district, the IG said. A joint team of DRG and district force led by Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela was mobilised towards the interiors of Awapalli based on an information about the movement of ultras in the region, he said.
While they were cordoning off a forested patch near Punnur village, some armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on them prompting security forces to retaliate, he said. After the intermittent firing stopped, security personnel recovered the body of an ultra along with a weapon, he said. Ramsu was deployed as a trainer of new recruits in the Awapalli Local Organisation Squad (LOS) of Maoists, he added.
Now, Maoists threaten to launch ‘Operation Break’
Aurangabad: Two days after the landmine blast at Hussainabad in Palamu, Maoists on Thursday claimed the incident took place to avenge the Bandh Gorya encounter under the Dhibra police station area in Aurangabad district, in which four Maoists were killed. A statement released on behalf of CPI (Maoist) central zone spokesman Pramjeet claimed that the organization would launch ‘Operation Break’ against security personnel and engage them in encounters to give them a befitting reply.
He added the police were cheating the people in the name of Operation Vishwas launched to generate a sense of security among them. A police officer said all the 29 police stations in Aurangabad district were on high alert and borders of the district sealed, after the Hussainabad blast. “A joint operation will be carried out with the Jharkhand police against the Maoists,” said Aurangabad SP Babu, adding the district police were set to launch a massive operation against the Maoists with the jawans of CRPF, COBRA, SSB, STF and DAP. Police patrolling parties were targeted under Dhibra and Tandowa police station areas two years ago in which several policemen, including the SHO of Tandawa police station, were killed.
Another SHO of Dhibra police station had a narrow escape in the incident. The office of Deo block development officer was also blown in 2009. Several school buildings and community halls were targeted by the Maoists as the securitymen engaged in anti-Naxal operations took shelter there. A villager at Madanpur and a chowkidar were also gunned down by Maoists recently.
Hard core naxalite killed in encounter, SP injured in Jamui
A hardcore naxalite carrying reward of Rs 30 lakhs on his head in Jharkhand and Bihar, was killed and an SP (operation) sustained splinter injuries in a fierce encounter with police in naxalite dominated Jamui district late last night. While the Maoist identified as Chirag, who carried a reward of Rs 25 lakh in Jahrakhand and Rs 5 lakh in Bihar, was killed, the Police Superintendent (operation) Deevakar Narain Pandey survived with a splinter injury in the encounter in a dense forest under Charka Pathar police station in the district.
Mr Pandey told UNI that three rifles including one earlier looted from police and a 9mm sophisticated pistol were recovered from the spot and a few naxalites were injured. Giving details of the encounter, he said a joint team of CRPF and local police conducted raid at the hide-out of Maoists and in the encounter that followed top Maoist commander was killed. When the police team raided their hide-out, naxalites opened fire and the police retaliated resulting into a fierce encounter, Mr Pandey said adding that the body of naxalite had been sent for postmortem.
…DGP P K Thakur said, “The operation was conducted at Bishanpur, Mundnela, Charkapathar, Kathabar, Amkoli villages falling under Charkapathar and Khaira police stations. The search operation is still going on as the area is densed forest so the forces could not conduct the search operation in the night. An unarmed vehicle (UAV) from Villai was requisitioned for assistance in the operation. The UAV images taken on Saturday morning were quite useful for the security forces.” An official of CRPF said, ,”The area is dominated by tribal population and hilly terrain, close to Jharkhand. A chopper from Jharkhand police was used for air surveillance. Chirag was one of the top most wanted extremist for security forces.”
ASI Killed in Encounter With Maoist Supporters
MUNGER: An Assistant Sub Inspector of Police was killed in an encounter between police and supporters of Maoists in Bihar’s maxal-hit Munger district today. Superintendent of Police Varun Sinha said that the Maoist supporters attacked the police over arrest of suspected Maoist Lallan Koda during combing operation in Lathiakoresi village of Munger. They opened fire on police forces resulting in death of ASI Bhavesh Singh posted at Dharhara police station. He was brought to sadar hospital in a critical condition where doctors declared him as brought dead, the SP said. The SP said a Maoist supporter was injured when the police returned the fire.
Palamu attack rings alarm bells in Dumka
Dumka: The Maoist attack in Palamu has set alarm bells ringing in Dumka, especially after increased activities of the rebel outfit in different pockets of Maoist dominated areas. A team of security forces had also found explosives and Maoist literature in an abandoned camp in the neighbouring Gopikandar block a week ago. “Although the rebels managed to escape before the security forces could reach their camp, it was for the first time that long range patrolling parties had penetrated the deep forests and tough terrains,” Dumka SP Vipul Shukla said.
Rebel groups active in the district recently torched five JCB machines in Shikaripara block of the district in broad day light on January 11 afternoonafter a prolonged gap after the ambush on security personal in the Lok Sabha elections. Altogether, 10 policemen and election workers had died in the Shikaripara ambush. Shukla said new recruits were included in the rebels’ armed squad which had been trying to create a reign of terror by extorting levy from the contractors. He, however, denied regrouping of the rebels after the arrest of frontline activists in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha attack. “There is nothing to panic about here after the Palamu incident as the security forces have achieved dominance over the rebels. Long range patrolling is done regularly in the areas identified to be their dens,” Shukla said.