Naxal gunned down in Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon
A 30-year-old Naxal was today gunned down in a police encounter in insurgency-hit Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh. The skirmish took place early this morning between a team of district force and rebels in the dense forests of Kudur-Rakasmeta villages under Mardapal police station limits, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police, JS Watti, told PTI. As per the operational plan, a team of police set off from Mardapal, located around 350 kms away from here, last night towards interior forests where movement of rebels was reported.
Cops Intensify Combing Ops as Trees Shed Foliage
KHAMMAM/WARANGAL: Taking advantage of the seasonal changes, the anti-Naxal forces including special party, greyhounds and COBRA have intensified their combing operations on the Telangana-Chhattisgarh states border forest areas. The top officials opine that summer is the right time to find the Maoists’ camps or dens as the shedding of leaves makes the forest thin and aids the police to penetrate deep. “During the rainy and winter seasons, its not possible for us even to make a single step in the forest due to thick cover,” said an official and added that supplying of food and transportation also becomes easy for the police forces during the summer.
According to highly-placed sources, additional forces were deployed at Dummagudem, Cherla and Venkatapuram mandals which are close to Chhattisgarh state border to put a check to the Maoists with the support from Chhattisgarh police. Police officials have reportedly kept the choppers ready at the district quarters to deploy the forces immediately in the forests, if needed. It is learnt that the State and Central intelligence agencies have alerted the police officials about Maoists activities on Telangana-Chhattisgarh borders. Due to this, the police forces are searching the forest inch by inch. Reliable sources said the police officials had indeed received inputs about the possible retaliation by the Maoists as the police had killed nine Maoists in a recent encounter in Sukma district recently. “Since Sukma incident was a major setback to them, they are likely to resort to a big action in the border area to make their presence felt or create a sort of panic among the security forces,” said an official.
Meanwhile, the Warangal district police, who claim that the district is free from the Maoist activity in the recent times, are planning to set up major police base camp including a police station at a location between Devadula project and Tupakulagudem, where a new barrage is proposed on the river Godavari in attempt to prevent the Maoists from entering the district from Chhattisgarh. DGP Anurag Sharma has visited Warangal and Karimnagar districts, which share the border with the Chhattisgarh, a couple of days ago and reviewed the security scenario. “We are going to set up a camp near Devadula project. It will also consist a police station. This would not only help us to provide security to the men at work at the project but also thwart the efforts of the Maoists in the Eturunagaram forest area,” a senior police official said.
AP Greyhounds launch combing ops in AOB areas
Visakhapatnam: AP Greyhounds with assistance from Malkangiri cops from the other side have launched a sudden and massive combing operation on the Andhra-Odisha border. Police sources claimed movement of naxals was spotted on the AOB and that the elite force has ventured deep to nab them. More than three units of elite force greyhounds were pressed into action in three different directions to corner the Reds, the sources said. The operation was launched three days ago and with neither the security personnel nor their vehicles returning, tribals apprehended that the worst has happened to the AP cops. However, police officials made it clear that the men are safe and that they are deep in the forest with the objective of nabbing a few naxals.
Significantly, Vizag SP left the port city on Friday morning and is camping at Chintapalli close to the AOB. According to the sources, three vehicles of Greyhounds were sent in the three directions of Korukonda of Chintapalli mandal, Jerrela in GK Veedhi mandal and G Madugula mandal three days ago. The Visakha rural cops are also taking the help of their counterparts in Malkangiri in Odisha state in the combing operations, the sources said. “As per the preliminary reports, the naxals could be holding an internal meeting with rank and file of various area committees or conducting a training camp,” a senior officer involved in anti-naxal operations said.