Maoists call 48-hour bandh from tomorrow
Ranchi: The CPI Maoist Bihar state committee has extended the bandh call of 48 hours in Bihar and Jharkhand beginning Sunday midnight. The call for bandh has been extended to protest the killing of prominent member of Purvi Bihar Paschimottar -Jharkhand Special Area Committee Chirag da alias Pramod alias Ramchandra Mahto in Jamui district of Bihar. Chirag Da, a native of Nawadih area of Bokaro district in Jharkhand had been instrumental in laying strong foundation of the Maoist movement in Bihar and Jharkhand. He was also responsible for interstate coordination and all operations carried across the border. Maoist spokesperson of Bihar state committee Avinashji said that the police has been brutal in dealing with the Maoist movement and that their leader was killed in cold blood.
“On one side state forces have been arming villagers and supporting armed movement of splinter groups and on the other hand, they are targeting Maoist leaders who have been fighting for the poor and the peasants,” he said. The Bihar state committee has also asked their Jharkhand counterpart to join the bandh to protest the encounter of Bokaro in which one of their cadres was killed and a woman cadre was arrested. Soon after the Jamui encounter, Maoists had gathered at Dandra forests on the foothills of Jhumra hill, under Gomia block of Bokaro district.
Last Monday, five companies of CRPF and CoBRA and a unit of district police raided the jungles in which one of the Maoist cadres was killed and Lal Muni Hansda, a wanted woman cadre was arrested. Sources said that the Santosh Yadav group had assembled in Jhumra region after the Jamui incident to decide further course of action and a recruitment camp was also underway. “Our call for a bandh is to demonstrate solidarity with the family members of our cadres who were killed in an encounter. We want villagers to understand how the state forces have been pushing them to danger by arming various groups in the villages,” Avinashji said asking peasants, labourers, transport workers and people in mass movement to join hands.
Huge cache of arms, ammunition seized from Maoist dump
Security personnel have seized a huge cache of arms, ammunition and materials, used in making explosives, from a Maoist dump in the forest area of Chhattisgarh’s Gariyaband district. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of security personnel from Chhattisgarh and Odisha unearthed the dump from the hills adjoining Nagrar village under Mainpur police station limits yesterday, Inspector General of Police (Raipur Range) GP Singh told reporters here today.
The seizure includes two 303 bore rifles, as many muzzle loading guns, one country-made pistol, a country-made gun, 16 detonators, a walkie-talkie, gelatin stick, two remotes, live cartridges of 12 bore gun, a mobile phone, four tiffin bombs and other materials used in making explosives, besides daily use items, the IG said. Based on the input that ultras had hid arms and ammunition underground at the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border village, a composite team of district force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Odisha’s Special Operations Group (SOG) launched a search operation in the region, some 150 km from the capital, he said.
Wanted Naxal Arrested in Patna
Patna: After years of evading arrest for his involvement in several murders extortion, and robbery cases, notorious Naxalite Shankar finally ran out of luck and was arrested by the Patna police on late Thursday night. After being tipped off that Shankar, aka Pandit, was living in a flat in Bahadurpur in Patna, police from Patna, Jehanabad, and Arwal, in a joint operation on Thursday night, conducted a raid to nab the man who had been evading arrest for the last three years.
CPI (Maoist) militia commander held
A militia commander of the CPI (Maoist) was apprehended by Charla police in coordination with the CRPF men from Korkatpadu forest area in Charla mandal in the early hours of Saturday. A directional mine was recovered from his possession, police sources said. Sodi Muka alias Mukkaiah, the militia commander of Kondavai Revolutionary People’s Committee (RPC) of CPI (Maoist) Venkatapuram Area Committee, was nabbed by a joint team of police and CRPF men after a brief chase during a combing operation near a forest stream surrounding Korkatpadu, police sources said.
The arrested militia commander was allegedly involved in a case relating to planting of landmines in Korkatpadu forest area and a murder case registered under the Charla police station limits, sources added. He was also allegedly involved in an incident of exchange of fire with the police at Satyanarayanapuram in the same mandal a few years ago.