CPI (Maoist) banners against sarpanch in Kanker.
Maoists protest police action, burn vehicles
Patna: Suspected Maoists took at least 12 workers hostage for an hour during which they torched several equipment and vehicles at the site of a railway track doubling project at Turki under the Kurhani police station area in Muzaffarpur on Friday-Saturday night. Police recovered from the spot CPI (Maoist)’s pamphlets which talked about “revenge against the government’s anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt”. One of the workers, Virendra Pandit, said at least 25 Maoists, clad in black uniforms, thrashed the security guard at the gate and stormed the construction site around 12.30 after midnight.
They beat several workers and also took away their cellphones. The Maoists later lighted gunny bags soaked in diesel and torched several machines and vehicles, including three millers, four tractors, three earth movers and one crane, road roller, van and bike each. “While retreating, they threatened us with dire consequences if we tried to extinguish the flames and fired at least seven rounds to terrorize us,” Pandit said. “We have suffered a loss of at least Rs two crore due to the fire,” said engineer Anil Mishra of the private firm engaged in doubling the track on the Ramdayalu-Kurhani section. He denied receipt of any threat or extortion demand from Maoists in the past. “The incident took place in front of the Turki railway station. An FIR has been lodged. A contingent of 15 SAP jawans will soon be deployed at the site,” said Muzaffarpur superintendent of rail police B N Jha.
3 Maoists Detained for Landmine Blast
JEYPORE: Koraput police on Saturday detained three Maoists, including a hardcore cadre, in connection with the landmine blast near Kurlipadu forest under Pottangi police limits. Security forces started a massive manhunt in Pottangi, Nandapur, Padua and Kutia pockets to trace the Left Wing Extremists involved in the blast on March 20. On that day, Maoist leader Jayaram of Maoist Action Team under Odisha-Andhra Pradesh Zonal Committee of Maoists was killed and two others sustained injures while planting landmines in the forest.
The other ultras fled towards Andhra Pradesh after the incident. To check infiltration, vigil at all check points was tightened and all routes between the two States were sealed. This led to arrest of three suspects in bordering Ampabali forest. They have been taken to unidentified location for interrogation, sources said. “We are interrogating the detained persons for their alleged role in planting explosive devices in Kurlipadu forest,” said a senior police officer of Koraput engaged in Maoist operation. Meanwhile, joint operations by Odisha Police and Border Security Force have been intensified in Pottangi, Lamtaput, Nandapur, Boipariguda, Laxmipur, Bandhugam and Narayanpatna following intelligence inputs about presence of over 100 Maoists in bordering jungles of Koraput.
Security on Telangana border up to guard barrages
Adilabad: The TS government is likely to deploy a huge police force along the rivers Pranahitha and Godavari on the state borders it shares with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as it suspects threat to the construction works of proposed barrages from Maoists. Already, police combing has intensified along the rivers Pranahita and Godavari in North Telangana. Even on Saturday, Maoist presence was found on the state borders. Police movement has increased along the above two rivers much before the beginning of the construction works of barrages on these rivers. The police force will be deployed at the project sites of Thummidihatti and Medigadda and Thupakula Gudem in Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal districts.