Four CRPF Jawans Injured in Naxal-triggered IED Blast in Jharkhand
Four CRPF personnel were injured on Saturday in a series of IED blasts carried out by Naxals in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand.Officials said the incident occurred near Topchanchi-Jitpur axis when bike-borne troops of the force were out on patrol in the Left Wing extremism-affected areas of the district.
CRPF troops belonging to the 154th battalion, along with those from state police, were out for a Long Range Patrol when they encountered a series of IED blasts around 12:15 pm.Reinforcements have reached the spot and the injured are being evacuated to a nearby hospital, they said.
Jharkhand DGP DK Pandey and senior officials are reaching the spot, they added.
DGP holds meetings to review anti-Naxal ops in Bastar
In the wake of the landmine blast in Dantewada district in which seven CRPF personnel were killed, Chhattisgarh’s special DGP (anti-Naxal operations) D M Awasthi today visited the Bastar region to review counter-insurgency operations.The special Director General of Police visited Dantewada and Narayanpur districts where he held meetings with senior officials of Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
“The counter-insurgency operations for the next three months were thoroughly discussed during today’s visit. During April, May and June, Maoists usually step up their activities and therefore the strategies to take on them was devised and discussed,” Awasthi told reporters later.
Success and shortcomings of the anti-Naxal operations conducted in Bastar region since January were also reviewed, he added.
On the March 30 landmine attack, the DGP said Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap will conduct the probe.
“Whenever any blast or ambush occurs, some large-scale conspiracy exists behind it. Dantewada SP has been asked to probe the incident. Apart from that, the incident is also being probed from several other angles,” Awasthi said.
To a question on CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad’s claim that information about the troop movement was leaked (prior to the blast), Awasthi said, “It is a part of the investigation. We cannot come to a conclusion so early.
IAF conducts air-to-ground live fire drill in Maoist-hit Bastar
RAIPUR: Two days after a deadly Maoist attack that killed seven CRPF jawans in Bastar, Indian Air Force special forces unit ‘Garuda’ commandos on Friday conducted a special air-to-ground live-fire drill in worst insurgency-hit Sukma district as part of what is being claimed as “self-defence” mechanism.
IAF Air commodore Ajay Shukla and Chhattisgarh special DG (Naxal operations) D M Awasthi told reporters that specially trained commandos of IAF in a package of three MI-17 choppers conducted a special air-to-ground live-fire exercise in Sukma region. Earlier, such an exercise was carried out in Bijapur in October last year. Hence, it was second such exercise carried out in Bastar with Sukma police personnel on board of the choppers.
Shukla said that IAF is engaged in the rescue operation and has been assisting to provide logistic support to police and Central Armed Police Forces deployed in Bastar.
He added, “Last year, the (aerial firing) practice was conducted at a low scale but this time, it was slightly on a larger scale and to extend the drill for commandos, number of firing was increased both at remote and meekly populated zones. The drill was planned in coordination with state police taking care of all necessary precaution. Air-to-ground range area was pre-surveyed.”
He clarified that the exercise was meant to fire in self-defence only to be done if Maoists tries to attack choppers. “We will neither fire in anger nor as attack. If they will fire upon us, then we will reply and reply heavily,” he said adding that such drill will be carried out by aircrew in future too.
Shukla, task force commander of ANTF (Anti-Naxal Task Force), himself flew one of the flying machines during the exercise.
Choppers that fly to insurgent areas for dropping provisions to camps and for rescue operations of injured jawans, are often attacked and fired by Maoists.
Assembly polls: Maoist-affected areas to monitor by choppers
Two helicopters will be used by the Election Commission to monitor security arrangements during polling in the Maoist-affected Junglemahal area of West Bengal.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar said arrangements for two helicopters have been made, which will be used as per requirements during the first phase of Assembly elections.
For any medical emergency, provision for an air ambulance has also been made.
“If any polling or security personnel needs immediate medical attention and has to be evacuated from the spot then we will use the air ambulance,” he said.
The poll body has also reserved some beds in government hospitals, for any emergency need of polling and security personnel, where they will get cashless treatment.
Altogether 49 Assembly constituencies in the districts of West Midnapore, Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia will go to polls on April 4 and 11 during the first phase.
MAOIST HURT IN ENCOUNTER
Two CPI(M) extremists one of them area commander Bhanu Singh Kharwar were injured in an encounter with police at village Chaplasi under Chiniya police station on Thursday night. Police nabbed one injured Chotu Korwa while Bhanu is managed to escaped.
According to Garhwa SP acting on a tip off Chiniya police and CRPF recched at Chaplasi village where a group of Maoists stayed to collect levy at village Chaplasi after saw to the police extremists fired on them. The police also fired in retaliation in which two extremists were injured.
Six landmines recovered, defused
The Police today recovered six landmines from a village under Madanpur police station area in Bihar’s Maoist-infested Aurangabad district, a police officer said.
Acting on a tip off, the police detected six landmines planted by the proscribed CPI(Maoist) ultras underneath Madanpur Ajan road in Purnadih village and safely recovered all of them, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Baburam, said.
The landmines were connected to six bombs weighing five kg each, he said.
The bombs were being defused by the bomb disposal squad, Baburam added.
Militants lob granade at RIMS campus in Imphal, no casualty
Imphal, Apr 2 (PTI) A hand granade was lobbed by a militant outfit at the residence of the Medical Superintendent of Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) located at Lamphelpat in Imphal West district, but none was injured in the explosion, police said today.
The granade attack took place last night in which two vehicles were damaged, a senior police officer said, adding that the official quarter of the RIMS Medical Superintendent was guarded by a team of 4th IRB.
A four-wheeler and a two-wheeler were badly damaged in the explosion, the officer said.
The proscribed outfit, Maoist Communist Party (Manipur), has owned up for the blast, according to a statement issued to the media by the banned group today. PTI CORR CR SMJ
900 state cops on Bengal duty
Ranchi, April 1: Jharkhand has dispatched 900 armed state police jawans to poll-bound Bengal as a part of its cross-border cooperation initiative, the neighbours sharing over 600km of borders.
Of the 15 companies each comprising 60 police jawans each, the last three companies were sent by Jharkhand Police today.
The six-phase Bengal Assembly polls will span a month – from April 4 to May 5 – while votes will be counted on May 19 for the 292 seats. Of them, many areas rest cheek-by-jowl with Jharkhand’s parts of Santhal Pargana, Kolhan, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Ranchi, which is why the Bengal government had requested its Jharkhand counterpart to send police reinforcements.
A police headquarters source said monitoring Maoist and terrorist movements, arms and ammunition trade and smuggling, as well as stringent tabs on smuggling of currency, fake or otherwise, and liquor, were the main focus areas of the 15 companies of Jharkhand Police that have gone to poll-bound Bengal.
“At many places in bordering regions of both the states, villages are almost next door. Many times, political gatherings or events happen on Jharkhand soil. There are reports of illegal activities such as distribution of contraband items. Also, during polls, the business of fake currency suddenly booms in the form of distribution among voters. By the time voters who take cash realise they had been duped, they’ve already voted. Therefore, besides the standard operating procedure of frisking for arms, ammunition or other banned items, special focus is being given to fake currency and liquor,” said a highly placed policeman.
This apart, patrolling on Jharkhand soil near Bengal border has also been beefed up.
Additional director-general of police (ADG) and spokesperson of state police S.N. Pradhan said they had set up some 45-50 strategic check posts on bordering areas of the two states.
“We have already set up check posts. Bengal police are also deploying their own forces along the border for frisking. So, the double security ring will be helpful to prevent untoward activities,” said Pradhan.
“We have also decided to conduct special combing operations in select places to prevent security threats, say places near Bankura, Purulia, Chakulia and the like. We are working out modalities to hold regular combing operations till the time polls are over. We are also procuring specialised surveillance gadgets for this purpose,” said Pradhan.
Prisoners resort to fast
Berhampur: Five undertrial prisoners, including three women, housed in special sub-jail, Bhanjanagar, in Ganjam district allegedly involved in Maoist activities launched hunger strike from Friday. The inmates are demanding faster trial of their cases or release on bail. They also sought political prisoner status.
The five are identified as Kandra Dalabehera, Kadam Bajali, Telem Soni, Malati Majhi and K Anita, official sources said.
All of them are languishing in the jail for over four years, the sources said. The trial is slow as witnesses, mainly the police officers, are not turning up. Around eight to 12 cases are pending against each, the sources said.
They skipped their breakfast and lunch. “We are trying to convince them to take food,” said superintendent-cum-jailer U K Mohapatra. He said their grievances are intimated to the local court.
Most of the striking prisoners were lodged in Bhanajangar sub-jail after being shifted from Berhampur circle jail, the sources said. On May 6 last year, they had also resorted to hunger strike in the sub-jail. They had called off the fast after three days when authorities assured to fulfil their demands, the sources added.
Narendra Mohanty and Biswapriya Kannungo, the convener and the adviser of the NGO ‘Campaigning Against Fabricated Cases’, Odisha, have extended their solidarity to the striking undertrials. They demanded the fives’ unconditional release.
Ten arrested for demonstrating against flyover collapse
Kolkata, Apr 2 (PTI) Ten persons, allegedly belonging to a Maoist frontal organisation, were arrested today for staging a demonstration against the state government holding it responsible for the Vivekananda flyover collapse, a senior police officer said.
The agitators also tried moving towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence, the officer added.
Ten members of RADICAL, a Maoist frontal organisation, including three women cadres, were demonstrating in front of Hazra crossing over alleged government negligence regarding collapse of Vivekananda flyover on Thursday, the officer said.
“They were protesting at the Hazra crossing but suddenly started to proceed towards the Chief minister’s house. They were declared to be holding unlawful assembly and were arrested,” the officer said.
Kalighat Police Station personnel arrested them under IPC sections 143, 149 and 283 as punishment for unlawful assembly, guilty of offences committed in prosecution of common object and danger or obstruction in public way respectively.