Maoists blast landmine; no policemen injured
Alertness saved police personnel involved in anti-Maoist operation from a landmine blast by the ultras near Lakhpadar village under Kalyansinghpur police station in Rayagada district of Odisha on Tuesday. An exchange of fire for over 45 minutes ensued between the ultras and the security personnel at the spot. No policeman was injured in the encounter. However, the Naxalites escaped taking advantage of the hilly jungle terrain. It was suspected that some of them may be injured. IED, live ammo found During the search operation in the region, one Improvised Explosive Device, five rounds of live ammunition, two Maoist kitbags containing articles of their day-to-day use, medicines, Maoist uniform and literature were recovered.
Books on how to learn Odia were also recovered hinting that the ultras were from outside Odisha and trying to learn local language. According to Rayagada Superintendent of Police K. Siva Subramani, the incident occurred at around 9.45 a.m. when a team of the Odisha Police was to start combing the Niyamgiri hill area for the Maoists. Near Lakhpadar village, the ultras blasted a landmine targeting these security personnel, who due to alertness were able to save themselves from the blast. The Maoists hiding at the spot then opened fire at the police team. Initially the police personnel asked the ultras to surrender but when they did not, the cops retaliated.
Two women among five Naxals held in C’garh
Raipur, Feb 3 (PTI) Five Naxals, including two women, were today arrested during a search operation conducted by security forces in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said. The cadres were apprehended between Gandharpara and Muler villages under Gadiras police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A joint team of Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Group (DRG) and district force launched a combing operation in the forests of Gadiras, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, based on a tip-off about the movement of the rebels, he said. While passing through Gandharpara-Muler, security forces spotted five suspects and rounded them up after a short chase, the ASP said adding that during the interrogation, they admitted to their involvement with CPI (Maoist).
Those arrested were identified as Vanjam Bandi (28), Madkam Sapa (45), Vanjam Joga (25) and two women ultras- Madvi Deve (25) and Kalmu Bhime, he said. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, two powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs), allegedly planted by Naxals, were recovered today from an under-construction road in neighbouring Dantewada district. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force found the explosives between Sameli and Aranpur villages under Aranpur police station limits, a senior police official told PTI.
“The explosives weighed 5 kgs each,” he added. While patrolling on the under-construction Aranpur road, security forces spotted the IEDs, kept in a steel container, along with detonators and electric wire. “The explosives were planted to harm security personnel involved in ensuring security to the construction works,” the official added. The explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad.