Two Naxals killed in police encounters in Chhattisgarh
Two Naxals, including a hardcore Jan Militia commander who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, were today gunned down and another injured in two separate gun-battles in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar division. A 22-year-old cadre Kunjam Linga, who was active as Jan Miltia Commander under Jagargunda Area Committee of Maoist was killed in a skirmish with a joint team of security forces in the restive forests of Chintagufa police station area in Sukma district, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.
Acting on an intelligence input about the presence of a group of 8-10 ultras in Tekalpara area of Chintagufa, a composite team of 206th battalion of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), CRPF’s 150 battalion, District Reserve Group (DRG) and district force had launched a combing exercise in the region, he said. Sensing the presence of security forces near Tekalpara, a group of armed Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on the forces triggering a gun-battle between both the sides. On finding Naxals escaping from a spot taking the cover of thick trees along a nullah, another team of police, positioned on the other side of rivulet launched retaliatory action on them, the ASP said.
However, the Naxals managed to flee taking the advantage of dense jungle, he added. During the search, body of a rebel besides one muzzle loading gun was recovered from the spot, the officer said. Later, an injured Naxal Sodhi Mang – a Jan Militia member was spotted hiding behind a rock and was arrested, he said. Police noted that the arrested Jan Miltia Commander Kunjam Linga was a prominent cadre of the region who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.
According to the officer, he was allegedly involved in several deadly Naxal incidents including Kasalpada ambush in Chintagufa (2014) in which 14 security force personnel were killed and as many others injured. He was also allegedly involved in the attack on Special Task Force (STF) party last year in Pidmel (Sukma) in which seven personnel were martyred and 10 others injured. In another incident, a Naxal was killed in an exchange of fire between a team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and ultras in Bastar district. The skirmish took place in the forestedhill of Korli under Mardum police station limits this morning, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range S R P Kalluri told.
Kasargod: Naxals holing up inside forest at Kanathur?
Kasargod, Feb 4: In a disturbing development, police department has been sounded about the fact that naxals have holed up inside Kanathur forest, which falls under Karadka forest division. As such, senior police officers have been keeping a constant vigil over the movements inside the forest. The police have sought help from Thunderbolt, an anti-naxal force with expertise in jungle warfare, so that its members can enter the forest and hunt down or flush out naxal activists.
Police department has been claiming that a lady who had visited a house near Kanathur forest about four days back was a member of the Maoist outfit since the last several years. This outfit has kept people and officials of southern states like Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on tenterhooks since long. The police personnel showed the photograph of the said lady to locals, and got confirmation from them that she was the one who visited them recently. The family said that the lady questioned them about the presence of men in that house.
When the family members expressed their readiness to visit the nearby plantation to call the male members of the family, she went away, it is gathered. Some women who had visited forest at Kottunguli a week back have reported about sighting of four unidentified people inside forest.
Naxals allege cops preparing for mining
Visakhapatnam: Naxals claimed on Wednesday that the TDP government is constructing a police camp at RG Kotturu to speed up bauxite mining activities in the Visakha Agency. In a press note released in the name of East Division Committee, the naxals said the police camp is being constructed between Rallagedda and RG Kottur area. The government is planning to set up 100 security camps and another 100 cell towers in Visakha Agency to suppress the people’s agitations, they said.
According to the release, the TDP government apprehended 16 tribals from Jerrela panchayat recently and in the process, attacked children, damaged household utensils and looted cash and gold. The naxals held Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen and anti-naxal wing police officer Venkata Rao responsible for such action and said both the officers are promoting the interests of corporate entities.
Maoist leader, three sympathisers held in Telangana
A Maoist leader, allegedly involved in 41 offences including 11 murders, and carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on his head, was today arrested along with three Maoists’ sympathisers in Khammam district of Telangana, police said. Sunnam Bojji alias Nageswar Rao, who was working as local organising squad commander and area committee member, was arrested from forest area under Cherla police station limits along with the other three, Venktapuram Police Station Circle Inspector Sai Ramana told PTI over phone.
“Bojji was involved in 41 offences including 11 murders of villagers and six exchange of fire incidents. He is carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh. His wife Sridevi is also in Dalam,” the Inspector said. According to the police, Bojji had been underground for the past seven years.
Maoist slay suspected police informer in Rayagada
Bhubaneswar: In a gruesome incident the Maoists killed a man named Shyam Kadreka at Nirigundi village under Kalyansinghpur block in Rayagada district on late Wednesday night , sources said. The Red rebels suspected Shyam to be a police informer and killed him by slitting his throat, sources added. While queried by the media the Rayagada Superintendent of Police, said, investigation is continuing into the horrible incident. Amid all this terror, the family have cremated the deceased with trepidation, sources said.
Under-attack Reds look to regain power
Bokaro: In a bid to re-establish their dominance in Jhumra, Luggu Hills and other areas if Gomia block, Maoists leaders are conducting recruitment drives to “strengthen the outfit”. To thwart their plans, police have intensified raids in these areas. ASP (operations) Sanjay Kumar said in the past week, a number of Maoists managed to flee during raids conducted by police in the eastern side of Jhumra foothills, where rebel leaders were suspected to be holding a meeting with villagers