Two Persons Injured in Maoist Landmine Blast in Visakhapatnam
VIASAKHAPATNAM: A CRPF trooper and a local tribesperson were injured in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist rebels in the forest near Dhooliputtu in Munchingput mandal of Visakhapatnam Agency area on Wednesday morning.They have been rushed to hospital in Paderu in a critical condition. If situation worsens, the police are making arrangements to shift the injured in Visakhapatnam. The blast took place when paramilitary forces were conducting a combing operation in forests on the Andhra-Odisha border.Reports from the loca area said there was a heavy exchange of fire between the paramilitary personnel and the Maoists after the blast. Police said details would be clear only after the firing stops.
Five suspected police informers detained by CPI (Maoist) in Kondagaon.
Police concerned about increased CPI (Maoist) activity in Balaghat following CPI (Maoist) detention of Bhopal district village head over failure to pay wages to MGNREGA workers.
Six arrests in Bihar
Smoke signal: is IAF launching an air offensive against Naxals in Bastar?
On 1 April, the Indian Air Force conducted a live fire exercise in Sukma in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region. Reportedly, the special forces unit Garuda flew three MI-17 helicopters over the district and practised air-to-ground firing.
So surprising was the news that even seasoned analysts initially dismissed it as an April’s Fool prank on the social media. But Chhattisgarh’s Special DG, Naxal Operations, DM Awasthi and the IAF’s Air Commodore Ajay Shukla soon confirmed that the “routine exercise” had indeed taken place.
Indicating that the drill was meant to send a signal to the Maoists, Shukla said, “Such an exercise was earlier conducted in Bijapur last October. This time, it was on a slightly larger scale; the commandos were involved and the number of firings was increased at both remote and thinly populated zones.”
The state police too released a statement giving details of the exercise, in which it claimed all senior police officials of Sukma had participated.
While the exercise may have been “routine” as claimed, the circumstances in the Maoist-dominated areas of Chhattisgarh certainly aren’t. There are reports of a fresh crackdown by security forces on the insurgents. Indeed, just two days before this drill, seven CRPF men were killed in a Naxal attack in Bastar…
High level meet on left wing extremism held in Gaya
GAYA: Jaideep Govind additional home secretary, Govt of India, on Wednesday reviewed the ongoing anti naxal operation in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand and discussed the fault lines that need rectification and course correction.
The review meet specially discussed execution of developmental schemes in the naxal infested areas, the carrot part of the carrot and stick policy to combat naxalism being pursued for the last many years. The carrot and stick policy was first formulated by the state govt, which then called it operation Siddhartha.
Besides IG operations Sushil Khopade, Magadh Range DIG Saurav Kumar, Gaya DM Kumar Ravi, SSP Garima Malik, Jharkhand Police officials including SN Pradhan, ADG (operations) and SPs of Hazaribagh and Chatra districts participated in the all important meet.
According to IG operations Sushil Khopade, the changes required in the utilisation pattern of Security Related Expenditure came for detailed discussion at the meet. The major changes favoured in the Security Related Expenditure pertained to the withdrawal of certain conditions that have either proved to be non economic or less productive.
Guidelines for Security Related Expenditure say that hire and not purchase was permissible in respect of items like vehicles including bikes and four wheelers. Experience showed that hiring vehicle was not cost effective and outright purchase of vehicle was economically more viable than hiring. Similarly only temporary structures could be made from the SRE fund and the fund use guidelines prohibit creation of permanent assets. Field officials also wanted waiver to facilitate permanent asset creation too from the SRE fund.
In respect of community policing too, field officials wanted expansion of the options and use of innovative ideas of SPs to promote community policing in the naxal infested areas. SPs should have greater freedom to try novel methods of community policing and promotion of police public cooperation.
SPs of Nawada and Aurangabad demanded deployment of two and one additional companies of Central Forces to combat the naxals. Field officials also shared their problems. The Additional Home Secretary also discussed development related issues like road construction, education, health and water availability in the extremist affected areas. The visiting officials received inputs from the District Magistrates on the ongoing development schemes being executed in the naxal affected areas.
Senior officials emphasised the need for better coordination among the agencies engaged in combating left wing extremism generally known as naxalism. Govind assured full support of the union govt in the fight against left wing extremism. The official, however, did not respond to the demand for additional force deployment in Aurangabad and Nawada districts of Magadh division.
Maoist posters threaten to kill 2 Dongria youths in Rayagada district
Bhubaneswar: In yet another such incident, Maoist posters were found in two villages near the Niyamgiri hill in Rayagada district on Wednesday morning.
The handwritten posters found in Barsali and Dengiteli villages have mentions of Maoists threatening to kill two Dongria youths of the area, Shyam Katraka and Shaym Shikka. The posters have mentioned that the two will be given death punishment for they are acting as police informers.
While Shyam Katraka belongs to Bandli village, Shyam Sikka is a resident of nearby village.
Maoist hunger strike at Jharpada Jail: Azad,six associates hospitalised
Bhubaneswar: Maoist leader Azad and six others sitting on a hunger strike at Jharpada Circle Jail have been admitted to the Capital Hospital here on Wednesday.
As per sources, the condition of Azad and the six fellow inmates is serious as they have been on a hunger strike for the last seven days.
Azad along with the six sat on hunger strike on March 30 for fulfillment of their five point demand including quick trial of cases against them.
Azad’s mother D Kamullama and his lawyer Dilli Rao had visited Azad in the jail on Monday and had reported his condition to be deteriorating demanding fulfillment of his demands.After the intervention of Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to the Prisons Directorate, Home Department and DGP, ADG (Prisons) Arun Kumar Ray had visited the jail on Sunday to take adequate steps to end the strike. Notably, Azad has sat on hunger strike thrice before since the start of his jail term at Jharpada Jail in 2011.
Four IEDs recovered from Kanker in Chhattisgarh
A joint team of BSF and district force recovered the explosives. Four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by Maoists to target security personnel were recovered today by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit district of Kanker. A joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force recovered the explosives during a search operation in the forests of Bande police station area, a Maoist hotbed, Pakhanjore Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Jai Prakash Badhai told PTI.
While the security forces were cordoning-off Korenar village forests, they spotted an electric wire connection and subsequently found the IEDs, kept in different objects under the ground, Badhai said. “Two IEDs were kept in a pressure cooker and as many others were in form of pipe bombs. Of them, a pressure cooker bomb weighed 5 kg and others were of low intensity,” he said.
According to a BSF official, the pipe bombs were connected to a wireless ‘walkie-talkie’ in a manner that if the wireless set receives a call, the bomb detonator catches the signal too and the IED explodes.Earlier also, such kind of connection with IED was found in Badgaon area of Kanker, the official added. The explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad of BSF and Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CTJW) college, Kanker.
Naxals kill villager in Chhattisgarh
A 35-year-old villager was killed allegedly by Naxals in Maoist-affected Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. Lalit Dugga was abducted and brutally beaten with sticks to death by rebels at his native place Kadgaon in Partapur police station area yesterday, Pakhanjore Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Jai Prakash Badhai said.As per preliminary information, a group of rebels abducted Dugga from his house in Kadgaon, located around 350 kms away from the state capital, and later beat him to death for not supporting them, he said.
Encounter killing in Giridih.