Four arrests in Pakur
Two Naxals arrested in Bastar
Two Naxals, one of them allegedly involved in the 2013 Jiram Valley attack in which 31 people lost their lives, were arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on Tuesday, the police said. “Piso Kadkami, 32, and Aayta Vetti, 33, were apprehended from the forests of the Darbha police station limits following a specific input,” Bastar SP RN Dash said. Based on the information that some suspects were spotted in Kakalgur and Bhadrimahu forests, located around 350 km from the State capital, a team of local police was dispatched to the spot.
“Around 5 km from Kakalgur, the team spotted two men trying to hide near a rivulet following which they were nabbed,” the SP said. He said a five kg IED (improvised explosive device), ten gelatine rods and five detonators were recovered from the ultras. During interrogation, the duo admitted that they were active in the Darbha Division Committee of Maoists and arrived there to plant the IED to harm security forces during their operation in the region, the officer said.
Maoists call bandh in Kalahandi and Rayagada; Normal Life cripples
Bhubaneswar, Mar 15: Normal life in Kalahandi and Rayagada was crippled following bandh called by Maoists outfit on Tuesday. Maoists belonging to Bansadhara-Ghumusar- Nagabali division of CPI (Maoist) called bandh in the two districts protesting against fake encounter by police in February in Rayagada. Shops, commercial establishments and educational institutions were remained closed due to bandh. Vehicle movement came to standstill in many parts in the duo district. Many commuters stranded at various blocks in the district due the strike.
In February, a trial youth was gunned down by police, which the Maoists termed cold blooded act by the errant cops. As per reports, Dangaria Kandh a local youth was killed in police encounter in Rayagada. The family members of the deceased had demanded stern action against cops those were involved in the encounter.
Bandh called by Maoists brings Rayagada, Kalahandi to halt
Koraput: The public transport system came to a grinding halt in four blocks of Rayagada district and in one block of Kalahandi district on Tuesday because of a bandh called by Maoists in protest against the alleged fake encounter of a Dongria Kondh, Mondo Kadraka, in Rayagada district on February 27. Accoring to sources, passengers were seen stranded in the scorching heat at several bus stops in Rayagada, Kalyansinghpur, Bissamkatak and Muniguda blocks of Rayagada district and in Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district.
Also, shops and markets remained shut at several places in these blocks. “People are facing a lot of problems as buses remained off roads. Passengers are forced to travel in small vehicles by paying higher fares. Patients were the worst sufferers,” said a source at Muniguda. Police said adequate security arrangements have been made to thwart any untoward incident during the bandh period. “No violence was reported during the bandh period and security personnel have been kept on high alert,” said SDPO (Rayagada) Y J Rao. Prior to the bandh call on March 6, secretary of the Niyamari Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Sukdev, had alleged that Mondo was not a Maoist and the security personnel killed him in a fake encounter to create panic among tribals.
The Maoist leader had said that security personnel killed Mondo when he was coming down from the Niyamgiri hill after participating in Ghati festival. He also demanded compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the bereaved family. Police claimed that the deceased was a Maoist and was killed during in an encounter in a forested area near Dangamatia village under Kalyansinghpur block. Drika Kadraka, brother of the deceased, had filed a complaint of murder against the security forces at the Kalyansinghpur police station on March 5. On March 4, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) directed the RDC (southern division) and DIG (south-western range) to submit two separate inquiry reports on the allegations of fake encounter of the tribal village within four weeks.
BODYGUARD OF MAOIST LEADER HELD IN LATEHAR
A bodyguard of top CPI Maoist Arvindji, identified as Sohan Yadav, has been arrested and remanded in jail in Latehar on Tuesday. Yadav comes from Mohanpur in Bihar’s Gaya district. Sources said Yadav had joined the protective coterie of Arvind ji only eight to ten months back. DIG police Palamu Saket Kumar Singh has confirmed the arrest of the protector of Arvind ji, Sohan Yadav. DIG said that the youth is below 20 and was in the protection of Arvind ji for his agility.
DIG revealed that Arvind ji has had youths from Bihar’s Gaya and Jehanabad districts. He has no faith in Jharkhandis DIG asserted. He said Arvind ji is very protective of his life and keeps men who hail from Bihar as he himself comes from Jehanabad. DIG further said Yadav used to sneak in and out from Chhipadohar and here he was caught.
Three Maoists held
The Special Task Force (STF) today arrested three Maoists with weapons from a village under Baruraj police station area in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off, a STF team raided Andaul village and arrested three Maoists, identified as Md Wasim Akram, Umesh Mahto and Raja Babu, all said to be members of the proscribed outfit CPI(Maoists), while they were taking part in a closed-door meeting with fellow ultras, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjeet Kumar Mishra.