Four Naxal sympathisers arrested
Four Naxal “sympathisers” were today arrested from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit district of Dantewda for their alleged involvement in torching of vehicles and digging of roads in the region, police said. The alleged Naxal sympathisers identified as Histaram Bhogami, Budhram Bhogami, Malla Midiyami and Gagru Bhaskar, were arrested from Dantewada police station limits, Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.
They were allegedly involved in damaging and torching of vehicles at an under-construction poultry farm at Murki village under the police station last year, the SP said. Besides, they were also part of the teams that carried out several Maoist incidents like putting up posters and banners, blocking roads and arranging meetings for Naxals in the area, he said. Their interrogation may reveal crucial details about other Naxal supporters operating in the region, he added.
Maoists, security forces exchange fire in Aurangabad
Aurangabad: All the police stations in the district have been put on high alert following heavy exchange of fire between the Maoists and security forces near village Pachrukhiya under Madanpur police station in Aurangabad district Monday evening. The security personnel were engaged in combing operation when the Maoists opened fire at them. The security personnel returned the fire. Aurangabad SP Babu Ram said no one was injured in the encounter and “the search operation was still going on”.
Police sources said a group of Maoists had assembled near the village to chalk out some plan, but timely intervention of security forces forced them to move away. A month back, four Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter near village Bannua under Dhibra police station area of the district. Four sophisticated weapons, including one AK-47, was recovered from the site. Later, CRPF DG Prakash Mishra had rushed to the spot and issued directives to carry out more anti-Maoist operations. The Maoists had threatened to take revenge from security forces engaged in anti-Naxalite drive. A senior police officer said security had been intensified as 16 out of 29 police stations in the district are Maoist-hit.