Chhattisgarh – Maoist explode 5 IEDs, fire at CAF
Raipur, Feb 11: Maoists detonated five serial IED blasts and fired indiscriminately at the team of CAF (Chhattisgarh Armed Force) but none was injured in insurgency-hit Bijapur district. The rebels exploded landmines between Bodli and Bhairamgarh under Bhairamgarh police station limits while a CAF’s squad was patrolling in the region to ensure security to the Geedam-Bhopalpatnam road, Bijapur Superintendent of Police, K L Dhruv told PTI. Security forces had launched patrolling from their Bodli camp.
Wanted Maoist Flees During Encounter in Odisha
BHAWANIPATNA: An exchange of fire between the security personnel combing Gundia Reserve Forest and the Maoists during the last three days led to recovery of Maoist literature and some other items from the camps. However, Odisha State Committee Secretary of the rebel outfit Balakrishna alias Modem alias Manoj, who was leading nearly 25 cadres and operating a camp in the area, managed to escape. He carries a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head, said Kalahandi SP Brijesh Ray.
Addressing mediapersons on Tuesday night, the SP said on getting intelligence input about armed Maoists moving in Manaska, Panchkul, Kankaruan and Baghnakhi villages in the reserve forest under Bhawanipatna Sadar blocks, three groups of Special Operation group (SOG) were engaged in combing operation in the area from February 6. On Monday, when the Maoists opened fire, the SOG jawans retaliated following which the Maoists escaped into the forest. After nearly two days of exchange of fire, police seized the items from the abandoned Maoist camps, he said.
Maoist posters found in Salboni
Midnapore/Hooghly: Maoist posters criticizing the Mamata Banerjee government were recovered from Jangalmahal on Wednesday, pointing to increased activity of the red guerillas in the area. Trinamool MLA and former cop Rachpal Singh added fuel to the Maoist rage by showcasing Maoist leader Kishenji’s killing as a success of the Mamata government. “It was an instance of good governance. During the Left Front regime, Maoist leaders and their cohorts used to roam freely, daring the government to take them to task. Mamata has brought peace in Jangalmahal, just like she did in Darjeeling,” the Trinamool MLA said.
Maoists have sent a warning to Trinamool workers, asking them to give an undertaking that they will resign from all party posts. Police sources said the posters have been recovered from the Salboni area by the CRPF patrolling party. This is the third time in two weeks that such posters – 12 of them – were recovered from the area. Combing operations are on to identify those who put up the posters. Security in the adjoining villages has been tightened.