Seven Dantewada Naxal landmine attack suspects held
Seven naxals, allegedly involved in Mailwada landmine attack last month in which seven CRPF personnel were killed, were arrested from Dantewada district after a gun battle with security forces, police said today. “The cadres were rounded up from Kankipara forests under Kuakonda police station area after the gun battle between a joint team of security forces and rebels yesterday in which a Maoist was injured,” Dantewada SP Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.
On March 30, seven CRPF personnel were killed after Maoists triggered a powerful landmine blast blowing up their vehicle on a main road between Mailwada and Mokhpal villages in Kuakonda police station area in Dantewada district.
Anti-Naxal operations: CRPF officer succumbs to injuries in Chhattisgarh
New Delhi: A CRPF officer, who suffered severe IED splinter injuries and had slipped into coma for a month after an anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, on Tuesday died at a hospital in Hyderabad.
Alert sounded about Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh
An alert has been sounded to security forces deployed in Maoist-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh after intelligence inputs suggested that the rebels were planning to attack police camps and senior officers along state’s national highways. All posts of paramilitary forces and police stations have been told about the inputs and have been asked to be extra careful while carrying out anti-Naxal operations and conducting their other duties, official sources said.
According to the inputs, in order to strengthen Darba division, key leader of Maoist, including those based in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, have planned to inflict major casualties on the troops deployed on the national highway between Kamanar to Tongpal in Sukma district.
Maoist camp busted in Malkangiri
Malkangiri: A Maoist camp was busted by BSF in Khaipadar forest near Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district. A huge quantity of ammunition were seized from the spot. Acting on a tip-off, the BSF personnel raided the camp but the Maoists managed to flee the spot. Four guns and other ammunition were seized from the camp.
In a similar development, a group of Maoists set fire to a kendu leaf godown at Gourapali village of Lakhanpur panchayat under Ambabhona block in Bargarh in the wee hours on Monday. The red rebels left posters, in which they have warned that they would not spare the local BDO and Sarpanch for indulging in corruption in the construction of houses under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and roads.
..Meanwhile a Maoist leader named Benu, claiming to be secretary of Malkangiri district committee of the Naxalites, has sent an audio clip to the media. Through this audio clip, he has criticised the surrender of hundreds of Maoist sympathisers and militias from the Mathili area of Malkangiri district. He termed these surrenders to be an outcome of use of force by the police. He added that the police were falsely implicating innocent persons as Maoists. He threatened to take revenge on leaders of the ruling BJD if these did not stop.
Life sentence for 5 Jharkhand Maoists
RANCHI: A Lohardaga court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to five Maoists who had killed 11 security personnel in a 2011 ambush in the district’s Senha block. In a series of 300 landmine blasts 58 jawans were also injured.The conviction is a rare occasion because Maoists have often walked out of jail in Jharkhand due to lack of solid evidence against them. The cops go to trial with negligible evidence — a hard thing to obtain from Maoist dominated jungle — and fail to get the Maoists convicted.
Amid tight security sub zonal commander Pooran Ganjhu, area commander Akshay Kherwar, cadre Sudhwa Asur, Sunna Kherwar, and Vishnu Asur were brought in the court of additional district judge Anil Kumar. “In different cases they were already behind bars,” Lohardaga SP Kartik S said.
Additional public prosecutor A K Pandey said the rigorous imprisonment is with fine. The May 2011 ambush marked the high phase of Left-wing insurgency in Jharkhand. A team of CRPF and district police personnel were advancing towards a target village on Sake-Ganeshpur road under Senha police station limits when they were targeted. “Around 300 blasts in a series and gunfire from Maoists offered little chance to security personnel to take positions or escape,” a police officer said.
As in other areas of India’s Red Corridor, Maoist insurgency was at its peak in 2011 in Jharkhand where currently 22 out of 24 districts have Maoists’ presence. A case was lodged with Senha police station under IPC 302 (murder), IPC 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), explosive act and suitable sections of Criminal Law Amendment Act. “Kingpin Pooran Ganjhu was arrested around one year after the blasts and others after him,” Lohardaga SP said. Lawyer Jitendra Shankar Singh and three other advocates defended the five Maoists in the court.
SFs and Maoists exchange fire in Jharkhand
An encounter took place between a joint team of District Police Jharkhand Jaguar Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) 209 battalion and Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres at Latu in Latehar District on April 11, reports The Pioneer. Sources said the joint team of Security Forces (SFs) was after the Maoists since last night of April 10, following a tip off of their presence in Latu. Sources said the encounter has been (so far) casualty free on both the sides. Superintendent of Police (SP), Anoop Birtharay has confirmed the encounter between the SFs and the Maoists at Latu this Monday (April 11) afternoon. SP Latehar added the contingent of Maoists was led by Bara Vikas a highly esteemed confidant of top gun of the Maoists Arvindji. SFs have recovered pithoos, bullet pouches, blankets and medicines. There is no word on any recovery of any abandoned weapon of the Maoists…
Separately, Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Ram Mohan Singh Munda, who was sent to judicial custody on April 2, has been taken in a three-day Police remand on April 11, for interrogation in as many as 49 cases registered against him, reports The Telegraph. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Dwivedi said Mohan”s interrogation would help collect information about Maoists in Ranchi.
Maoists kill villager in Odisha
A group of Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres allegedly killed a villager, identified as Manju Guntha (32), belonged to Semageda village of Kotiya panchayat (village level local self government institution) under Pottangi Police limits in Koraput District by slitting his throat late on April 10, reports New Indian Express. Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) BV Rao said, the Maoists reached Manju’s house and asked him to come out. They later took him to a nearby forest and killed him, he added. Meanwhile, three persons were critically injured in a bomb blast at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal District on April 11, reports The Telegraph. All the injured persons have been admitted to hospital…
In addition, Police recovered six crude bombs from Shanti Nagar at Chhatrapur in Ganjam District on April 11, reports The Telegraph. Probe is on in the incident.
…In the meanwhile, demanding release of Dasru Kadraka (25), who was arrested on charges of being a Militia Commander in Rayagada District on April 6, more than 300 Dongria Kondhs (indigenous tribal groups of Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi Districts of Odisha) took out a rally from Munikhol panchayat office and staged a demonstration before Muniguda Police Station in Rayagada District on April 11, reports New Indian Express. The Dongria Kondhs of Muniguda, Kalyansinghpur and Bisamcuttack blocks of the District led by Ladda Sikaka, convener of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti (NSS), staged the protest. Sikaka said, unable to fight against the Maoists, Police are targeting innocent Dongria Kondhs out of frustration. As an active member of NSS, Dasru was fighting for Niyamgiri Hill and has no connection with the Maoists, Sikaka added. In the recent past, Police had arrested Haribandhu Kadraka, Drika Kadraka, Tela Karkara, Nepal Takri and Padmanav Choudhury on similar charges. Another tribal, Manda Kadraka was killed in Police encounter and Drika Kadraka had committed suicide following Police torture, added Sikaka. Tribals also submitted a memorandum to Governor seeking his intervention in release of Kadraka and preventing Police atrocities on Dongria Kondhs. They have threatened to resort to rail roko (halting of Railways) at Muniguda if their demands are not met at the earliest.