C’garh: Injured Naxal held after clash with forces
Raipur, Apr 11 (PTI) A Naxal was today arrested after he got injured in a gun-fight with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said. The Naxal was allegedly involved in blowing up a security forces vehicle near Mailwada on March 30 in Kuakonda area in which seven CRPF men were killed.
“The skirmish took place in the forests of Kankipara under Kuakonda police station limits between a joint team of security forces and rebels,” Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.
A composite squad of district force, District Reserve Group (DRG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and it elite wing-Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were carrying out a search operation to the interiors of Kuakonda, located around 450 km away from here, the SP said.
While security forces were cordoning off Kankipara, a group of ultras opened fire on them following which they launched the retaliatory attack.
However, the Maoists soon fled taking the cover of dense forests, he said. Later during searching, a male Naxal was found injured at the spot, Kashyap said adding that a muzzle loading gun besides Maoist-related materials was also recovered from there.
The injured cadre Kartam Pandu an active military platoon member of Maoist in the region, was admitted to the district hospital, he said.
Police said investigations are underway.
Rs 3K Crore Pumped in for Anti-Maoist Operations in 13 Yrs
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has received nearly Rs 3,000 crore under different Central schemes for countering Maoist activities in Odisha during the last 13 years. The schemes include Integrated Action Plan (IAP), Security Related Expenditure scheme (SRE), Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS), construction and trengthening of fortified police station, modernisation of police forces and the scheme for setting up Counter Insurgency and Anti-terrorist (CIAT) schools.
The Centre also provided nine battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and eight battalions of Border Security Forces (BSF) during the period for deployment in Naxal affected areas. According to sources, Rs 368.72 crore has been spent in Nuapada, Kalahandi and Balangir districts under the IAP. Several schemes including construction of roads, bridges, culverts, construction of school buildings, SC and ST hostels, anganwadi centres, primary health centres, implementation of drinking water facility, electrification, skill building and other projects identified under the District Level Committees (DLCs) are taken up under the IAP.
Incidents of Naxal violence have, however, come down in the State during 2005-2016. Official sources said there were 919 incidents of Naxal violence during the period in which 184 security personnel were killed while Maoists killed 259 people.
As many as 152 Maoists were killed by security forces during the anti-Maoist campaign. In a written reply to a question from Dibya Sankar Mishra (BJD), Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said in the Assembly that 19 revenue districts of Odisha out of total 30 are considered Naxal-affected in varying degrees.
Top cops of 3 states put heads together to deal with naxalites
BHOPAL : The senior police officials of three states discussed the naxal problems in a joint meeting held in Singrauli district on Sunday. A joint action will be carried following the wanted and suspicious elements taking shelter in the neighbouring states. Singaruli superintendent of police Rudolf Alvarez RJ, informed Free Press that the meeting of the higher police official of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, chaired by IG, Rewa, D Shriniwas Verma, was conducted on Sunday.
The officers discussed the issues related to naxal movement and their modus operandi. In the meeting it was decided to share the list of wanted criminals and suspicious persons of the neighbouring districts of Singrauli. The easy thoroughfare for criminals and naxals Chhattisgarh, UP and to MP has created problems. Singrauli district is situated in a key position.
It was also decided to share the police wireless handsets of the state police. The frequency used by the one state police is not used by the other state. The sharing of the wireless handsets will give better information about the one’s area crime incident in real time, the police of other states can take action on time, to stop the criminal from entering others state.
The IG of Varanasi (UP), IG Rewa, SPs of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur (UP), SPs of Korea, Ambikapur, Soorajpur, Balrampur and Sarguja (Chhattisgarh), SPs of Rewa and Sidhi, were also present. The meting was important viewing the alleged incident occurred few days back in district Balagaht, where the naxals threatened the sarpanchs to pay the MNREGA payments.
Maoist Ravi cremated
A large number of people were present as the last rites of a top leader of CPI (Maoist) Kudumula Venkata Ramana alias Ravi were performed at his native village Kommangi in Chintapalle mandal on Sunday afternoon. Ravi, who carried a reward of Rs. 20 lakh on his head and was with the Maoist party since 1998, died due to jaundice on Saturday.
After a large number of people paid respects to Ravi’s body kept at his parents’ house, several hundreds participated in the funeral procession to the cremation ground a couple of km from the village.
Ravi’s elder brother Sekhar lit the pyre. MLAs of Araku and Paderu Kidari Sarveswara Rao and Giddi Eswari, BJP leader and member of Central Coffee Board Lokula Gandhi, a human rights leader of Paderu Ch. Lokanadham, tribal employees association leader K. Kondala Rao were among those present.
Five forces join hands for ‘Operation Hill Vijay’
Giridih, Apr 11 (PTI) Security personnel from at least five major forces have launched ‘Operation Hill Vijay’ to root out Left Wing Extremists from the Parasnath hills in Jharkhand’s Giridih district.
“Personnel from the CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar, CoBRA, Jharkhand Armed Police and district police from Dhanbad and Giridih are involved in the ‘Operation Hill Vijay’ to drive Maoists out of the hills,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (Hazaribagh) Upendra Kumar said.
Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (CoBRA) are a specialised force which has been raised by the CRPF for jungle combat, while the Jharkhand Jaguar are a Special Task Force for eradication of extremist activities in the state.
Launched a few days ago, Kumar said, the anti-Maoist operation would continue till the rebels were rooted out of the hills, as had been done in Saranda forests in West Singhbhum district.
…Separately, explosives hidden by the Maoists were recovered during “area domination campaign” by the Security Forces (SFs) near Gundijora in the Saranda jungles in West Singhbhum District on April 10, reports The Hindu. Getting information, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) (197 Battalion) and District Police personnel, headed by Commandant T.H. Khan and Assistant Commandant Pundarik Mishra searched the areas as part of the ‘area domination campaign’ and recovered 39 pieces of .303 ammunition and 12 electronic detonators, a CRPF release said. Following a tip-off sniffer dogs were pressed into service to unearth the explosives hidden for use against the SF personnel, it said. The release claimed that Left Wing Extremism (LWE) was on the decline in the Saranada forests.