Three Maoists killed, four securitymen injured in Bastar encounters
Three members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed and four securitymen were injured during different encounters in restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. “Three dead bodies of the Maoists were recovered after an encounter at Sendra village in Bijapur district on Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border today. The number of Maoists killed is likely to increase. Our parties are still inside the operational area and more encounters are expected,” Bastar range Inspector-General of Police, S.R.P. Kalluri said in a statement.
Five weapons, including one 303 rifle, were recovered from the spot of the encounter. In a separate incident, three CRPF personnel were injured when a pressure IED exploded in Dantewada district. The incident took place on Jagargunda-Aranpur road when the CRPF team was out to provide security to road construction works. “They (CRPF men) sustained minor injuries and all are out of danger. First aid has been given to them. They shall be airlifted to Raipur for further treatment,” Mr. Kalluri said. In another incident, a BSF jawan was attacked by the Maoists in Pankhanjur town of Kanker district. The BSF jawan Harikesh reportedly sustained two bullet injuries and the incident took place hardly 500 meters the BSF camp.
Unarmed BSF jawan killed in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Feb 13 (PTI) An unarmed Border Security Force jawan was today killed by suspected Maoists near a market area in the Left wing extremism-hit Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. Officials said the incident took place at about 10.00 am near the market area of Sangam village when the trooper, identified as constable Harikesh Prasad, was out for some personal work. They said he was unarmed and was in civil clothes when some Naxals shot him from close range.
The jawan, working in the intelligence wing of the paramilitary force, was shifted to a hospital in the state capital here but succumbed to his injuries at 2 pm, they said. Prasad, a resident of Koria district in the state, belonged to the 122nd BSF battalion deployed in the district to undertake anti-Naxal operations.
Vizag to be Greyhounds operational, training HQ
Visakhapatnam: Reversing its earlier decision, the TDP government has decided to locate the operational and training headquarters of the elite Greyhounds police force on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam where a regional unit was already functioning till bifurcation. Earlier, the state had decided to set up the headquarters in the proximity of the new capital Amaravati. Now, however, keeping in mind the hilly terrain which is suitable for training and operation of a force that deals exclusively with taking down naxals, the state government has decided to locate the operational and training headquarters of the Greyhounds in Vizag while retaining the capital region as the administrative headquarters of the anti-naxal force. Under this arrangement, the deployment of forces for anti-naxal operations in the entire state and training of commandos will take place in Vizag.
Maoist militia ‘deputy commander’ held in Telangana
Hyderabad, Feb 13 (PTI) A Maoist militia ‘deputy commander’ operating in Khammam district’s Cherla area was today arrested and a weapon used in mine blasts was seized from his possession, police said. Muka Sodi alias Mukkaiah, who was allegedly involved in three offences including murder of a villager, exchange of fire with a police party and planting explosive material on a road, was apprehended by a joint team consisting of Telangana Police and CRPF personnel, Venkatapuram Police Station Circle Inspector Sai Ramana said. “A directional mine was recovered from his possession. He had been operating in Cherla as militia deputy commander and besides supporting Naxals, he was also involved in offences since 2012,” the Inspector said. A case was registered and investigations are underway, police said.