Naxal killed in encounter with security forces in C’garh
A Naxal was today gunned down in a fierce encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said. The skirmish took place in the forests of Kesekodi under Koyalibeda police station limits between a joint team of security personnel and ultras, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI. A composite team of Border Security Force (BSF), Special Task Force (STF) and district force was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the south of Koyalibeda, located around 250 kms away from here, the SP said.
When they were cordoning off a forested patch in Kesekodi, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate fire on them following which a gun-battle broke out between the two sides, Meena added. However, after around an hour of the ensuing gunfight, Naxals fled to the dense forests, he said. During a search, body of a Maoist, one SLR rifle and its magazines were recovered, the official said. According to the officer, the identity of the killed Maoist will be ascertained once the party will reach back to its camp as the operation was still underway in the region. With this encounter, 24 ultras have so far been killed in separate gun-battles in the Bastar region this year, police said.
NINETEEN NAXALS HELD; IED DEFUSED
Nineteen Maoists including five carrying cash rewards on their heads were arrested during separate operations carried out by security forces in Naxal-infested Sukma district, police said on Monday. A joint contingent of 206th battalion CoBRA, 150th battalion of CRPF, DRG and District Police had started on an anti-Naxal operation from Chintagufa police station limits, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sukma, Santosh Singh informed. During the operation, the police party nabbed 12 Maoists from Minpa village. They were involved in the attack on security personnel during Lok Sabha Elections 2014, in which three jawans were martyred, while five, were injured, the ASP said.
A muzzle gun, loud speaker, mike, wireless receiver, cordex wire, electric wire and other items were seized from their possession, Singh said. In a similar operation undertaken in the limits of Gadiras police station, six suspected Maoists were held. They were involved in incidents like arson, setting vehicles on fire involved in construction work, blocking roads and similar. Among Maoists arrested from Gadiras, Hungi carried a reward of `5,000 on his arrest while SP Sukma had declared reward of `2,000 each on arrests of Kosa and Deva, the ASP said adding cash reward of `1,000 was also announced on Dule and Gangi. All of them have been arrested. Further, during a search operation at Kuknar police station limits, a member of Naxal outfit Dandkaranya Kisan Adivasi Majdoor Sangh (DKAMS) was also nabbed. While, in a different action, an IED weighing about 8 kg was detected and defused by CRPF and District Police personnel in Bhejji police station limits, the ASP said.
Maoist detained by police
CPI (Maoist) Charla Local Organising Squad (LOS) commander S. Bojji alias Anjanna, was reportedly detained by the police from a chilli field on Monday. Sources said that Bojji was apprehended while he was taking shelter in a chilli field on the outskirts of Battinapalli in the early hours of the day. Bojji, who is also member of the Venkatapuram Area Committee of the outfit, carries a cash reward of Rs. 4 lakh on his head. He has several cases pending against him in various police stations. The police, however, did not confirm the arrest.
Maoist camp busted, landmine recovered in Rayagada
Bhubaneswar: The police and Maoists exchanged fire after a landmine explosion at Lakhpadar near Niyamgiri Hill in Rayagada district on Tuesday. According to reports, two rebels were gunned down in the gun battle held between the police and Naxalites. No police causalities was reported in the gun battle. In further development by the police Maoist camp was busted and five live bullets along with a landmine was recovered from the camp site. Previously, Maoists at Dalianuji village under Muniguda Police Station had created terror by torching a JCB machine and a tractor engaged in road construction work. The police have launched a combing operation in the area to nab the Red rebels.
Suspected Maoist produced in court
A suspected Maoist, Ranjith, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court I here on Monday. Judicial Magistrate C.B. Vedagiri adjourned the case till February 15. Police claimed that the accused was in Kodaikanal with Naveen Prasad, who was gunned down in an encounter with the police, and was engaged in weapon training. The police had brought Ranjith from Tiruchi prison. – Staff Reporter
Close aide of Maoist zonal commander arrested
A close aide of CPI (Maoist) zonal commander Arvindji was today arrested from Mohuadand market in Left Wing Extremism affected district of Latehar in Jharkhand. Rahmatullah Khan alias Tullaji was arrested when police, acting on a tip-off, raided the market, where he had gone to buy provisions for the Maoist zonal commander, now hiding in Pundag in adjoining Chhattisgarh, DIG (Kolhan) Saket Kumar Singh said. Two live cartridges were seized from him, Singh said adding his interrogation is on. Rahamatullah, a native of Chunchun village in Balarampur distirct of Chhattisgarh, had been in prison thrice in the past.
Two SSB personnel injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh
Two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion triggered by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Kanker District on February 1, reports The Hindu. The blast occurred when the Security Force (SF) personnel were patrolling to ensure security to the under-construction railway track between Kacche and Bhaismudi villages in Bhanupratappur region, Kanker Superintendent of Police (SP) Jitendra Singh Meena said. “Constables Ayon Mandal and Parmanand Maurya have sustained superficial injuries in the blast,” the SP added. Preliminary probe revealed that the IED, placed in a pressure cooker, was planted under a heap of murrum, around 30 metres away from the under-construction railway track, the SP said.