Naxals kill two persons in Chhatisgarh for being police informers
Raipur: Two persons were killed allegedly by Naxals on suspicion of being police informers, at separate places in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. While Kicche Mukka was killed in Polampalli police station area this morning, Sona Muchaki (40) was axed to death by Maoists in Chhindgarh area last night, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Singh said. Both the villages are around 450 km from the state capital. As per preliminary information, a group of rebels stormed into the house of Kichhe at Polampalli, after he returned from his fields this morning. He was dragged out and killed with sharp weapons, he said. The reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained as no pamphlets were dropped by assailants.
However, there are reports that Kichhe was a former Salwa Judum (erstwhile anti-Naxalite movement) leader and also working for Congress for sometime but it is yet to be verified, the ASP said. In a separate incident, Sona was brutally axed to death in front of his wife and children by Naxals at Rokel village under Chhindgarh police outpost, he said. According to pamphlets dropped by the ultras, Sona allegedly helped security forces in setting up a police camp in the village. He was also acting as a police informer since 2011, the ASP said.
Gadchiroli encounter: Slain ultras were women cadres
Bodies of two female Naxals, who were killed in an encounter with police on Maharashtra- Chhattisgarh border, were today recovered, police said. Both the ultras were carrying reward of Rs 6 lakh each on their heads. They were identified as Nirmala alias Sawita Dhurwe (25), a deputy commander of Kasansur Dalam, and Aarti alias Sita Pudo (30), a member of Kasansur Area Committee. According to police, the naxals received a severe set back in the death of the duo against whom a number of cases were registered in various police stations.
Nirmala was the wife of North Gadchiroli Division Secretary, Joganna, and was involved in 40 offences including murder of policemen, civilians, kidnapping, arson etc. Aarti, who joined the naxal movement in 2000, had 80 cases registered against her, including murder, arson and kidnapping, police said in a release. The gunbattle occurred last evening when the personnel from Anti-Naxal Squad of the district police were on a combing operation in Kasansur area when a group of armed Maoists hiding in the forest suddenly opened fire at them around 5.30 PM. The policemen immediately returned fire, killing two of them. Police had recovered a huge stock of arms and naxal material from the spot of the encounter, including a 303 rifle, a 12-bore rifle, one claymore mine and explosives, live cartridges, a medicine box, a camera flash etc.
Dead Maoist Was An IED Expert
JEYPORE: Police on Monday identified the Maoist, who died while planting landmines near Kurlipadu forest under Pottangi police limits, as Jayaram. According to police, Jayaram was action team leader of Central Regional Committee under Andhra Odisha Special Zonal Committee of Maoists working in Pottangi and Narayanpatana blocks. He was active for over 10 years and involved in several heinous crimes in Odisha and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. He was expert in planting IEDs and was a native of Narayanpur district in the neighbouring State.
Besides, the surrendered Maoists have recognised him as an active cadre of the group, police added. The body is yet to be handed over to his relatives as none has claimed it so far, police sources said. Meanwhile, combing operation has been intensified in Pottangi, bordering Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, anticipating Maoist presence and senior police officials including Koraput SP CS Meena visited the spot. “We have intensified combing operation after the incident and alerted security forces over presence of Maoists in nearest areas,” Meena added.
Eight suspected Naxals arrested in Sukma district of C’garh
Eight suspected Naxals, including a woman, were arrested today during a joint operation by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. They were apprehended from Murki and Rampuram villages under Gadiras police station limits when the forces were carrying out ‘area domination exercise’ in the region, Sukma additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI. A joint squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district police force had launched the operation in the interior of Gadiras, around 400 km from Raipur, he said. Those arrested were identified as Madavi Muya (35), Somaru (35), Kawasi Manga, Podiyami Bheema, Padami Muya (28), Banjami Hidma (32), Madvi Veera (36) and the woman Madkami Hidme, all residents of different villages in Gadiras region.
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