One naxal injured in encounter in Garhwa
One naxal was injured in an encounter between the CPI (Maoists) and the security personnel at Chapla village in Garhwa district in the wee hours today, a police official said. The encounter took place when a team of CRPF men and district armed personnel rushed to the village following a tip-off that members of a squad led by ultra outfit’ Area Commander Bhanu had assembled there at round 11 pm last night, sources said.
The security personnel were conducting raids in the village when the ultras started firing at them forcing them to retaliate in self-defense, sources said, adding hat one naxal sustained bullet injury. The security personnel rushed the injured to Sadar Hospital Garhwa. Bhanu and his two aides managed to escape, the police officer said.
The encounter, which began at 11 pm last night, continued till 3 am today, sources said adding around 100 rounds of fire was exchanged.
Meanwhile, a massive search operation in the area has been launched by the security personnel led by Superintendent of Police Priyadarshi Alok.
Anti-Naxal squad visits tribal hamlets
Udhagamandalam (TN), Apr 1: Special Anti-Naxal Squad today held an interaction with the members of tribal community in the remote villages of Nilgiris district, particularly bordering Kerala. The 20-member squad, led by Sub inspector, Madasamy, asked the villagers to immediately alert the force, if they noticed any suspicious movement of strangers and also anti-social activities in the area.
The interaction was carried out following directions from higher authorities in Chennai, Madasamy noted. The squad also enquired about the problems being faced by the tribals in 11 villages, including Kolmattam and Olavankandi, he added. Meanwhile, a few villagers claimed that it was the first time that members of any force visited the region and inquired about their plight. PTI
Top Maoist arrested, 25 IEDs recovered in Jharkhand
RANCHI: Among Jharkhand’s top wanted Maoists, CPI (Maoist) zonal commander Ram Mohan Munda, who carries Rs 10 lakh cash reward, was arrested with two aides after a brief encounter with security forces in Rahe on the outskirts of Ranchi on Thursday.
The police have not yet officially disclosed the arrests because, a police officer said, it is occupied with search operations to recover IEDs (improvised explosive devices) planted in Maoist dominated countryside to target police patrols.
On the inputs of Munda, a series of 25 IEDs were recovered from Angara area on Friday afternoon. Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi said a team is working on inputs received from the area. “I will brief the media at a press conference on Saturday,” Dwivedi said.
The IEDs hidden beneath the ground to target security forces were powerful enough to blow up patrol of police who said they foiled Maoists’ designs. “Experts safely diffused the IEDs,” a police officer said.
The search operation continues with the possibility of more IEDs hidden in Maoist dominated areas.
A senior IPS officer confirmed the arrest of Ram Mohan. “On information of five Maoists gathering in Rahe, a team was sent for verification. The Maoists opened fire on the team. After an encounter they were arrested,” he said. From the encounter site firearms and bullets were also recovered.
Native of Baruhatu in Bundu, Ram Mohan’s career in Leftwing extremism spans more than one decade. He leads special armed guerrillas group known in police lexicon as ‘Ram Mohan dasta’. He has overpowered even the best armed police commandoes – he escaped unhurt from Taimara Ghati encounter site cordoned off by the best of Ranchi police officers.
In 2008 Ram Mohan with Kundan Pahan, another top Maoist commander, looted Rs 5 crore from ICICI Bank cash van, he is accused in murder of Tamar MLA Ramesh Singh Munda and a DSP besides several other acts of violence in past. Kundan Pahan is at large.
Amid mounting police pressure desertions from ‘Ram Mohan dasta’ in the past six years has weakened it to the core, police believe. “Many of Ram Mohan’s guerrillas surrendered to police in past few years while many were killed in encounters,” a CRPF officer not authorized to speak to the media said.
Names of the two aides have not been disclosed. They are dasta members whose profile record is not available with police. “The verification is going on,” Dwivedi said.
Maoist leader Roopesh produced before court
Coimbatore: Maoist leader Roopesh was produced before a judicial magistrate court on Thursday evening in connection with two cases.
Police claimed that Roopesh had obtained two mobile SIM cards by forging documents at Ramanthapuram and Peelamedu.
The details were out after ‘Q’ branch officials carried out a detailed investigation last year. Subsequently, the city police formally arrested Roopesh and produced him before the court.Peelamedu (law and order) police inspector K Gobi registered a case against Roopesh under Section 419, 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after receiving complaint from B Balachandramohan, 32 of Perumal Kovil Street at Sowripalayam, few months ago.Police said Roopesh had purchased a mobile SIM card by using Balachandramohan’s document. ‘Q’ branch police questioned Balachandran in connection with the SIM card. Following the investigation, he lodged a complaint with Peelamedu police against Roopesh.
On Wednesday, the police formally arrested Roopesh at the Coimbatore Central Prison.Similarly, as Roopesh obtained a mobile SIM card at Ramanathapuram by using fake documents, Ramanathapuram police formally arrested him on Thursday. He was produced before judicial magistrate court -VI in connection with both the cases.
Police sources said Roopesh’s wife Shyna was also booked for buying SIM cards by submitting fake documents at Podanur two years back. Podanur police would make the formal arrest soon.Roopesh, his wife and three accomplices — Anoop Mathew George, Kannan and Veeramani — were arrested by the ‘Q’ branch police from a bakery at Karumathampatti in May 2015. All of them were lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison.
5 Tiffin Bombs Recovered
NUAPADA:A Maoist camp in Patdarah reserve forest of Boden block in the district bordering Chhattisgarh has been demolished and huge cache of arms and ammunitions seized by the security personnel.
The CRPF, DVF and SOG jawans were conducting combing operation in the reserve forest on March 28 when they came across the Maoist camp. The jawans returned to Nuapada on Wednesday.Informing this to mediapersons, Nuapada SP Pinak Mishra said the security forces seized five tiffin bombs of 2 to 3 kgs each, 20 detonators, 30 metres of safety fuse wires, live bullets, medicines, Maoist uniforms and food materials. No one was present in the camp, though. He said the recovery suggests that over 30 Maoists were staying in the camp. Combing has been intensified, the SP said, adding that the strategic location of the reserve forest must have helped the Maoists to cross over the border.
50-60kg explosive planted under road
Raipur: Senior officials said it is suspected about 50-60kg explosives was planted beneath the metalled road to trigger explosives. The troops belonged to the 230th battalion of the force deployed in south Bastar area and were travelling from Nerlighat camp to Bhusaram camp when the explosion occurred.
Sources in police said the attack could be a joint operation of Darbha division committe and Malangir area committee under the leadership of Maoist leaders Deva alias Surendar of Darbha division committee and Mangtu of Malangir. This flies in the face of police claims that most part of Darbha division was free from Maoists. While security forces claimed these CRPF men were returning from leave when the incident took place, an anonymous message circulating on social media questioned this claim pointing out that no luggage or clothes were recovered from the spot. The message said if at all it’s true, what brought jawans from different parts of country after leave at one place to travel in the same vehicle?