Two women Maoists held in Nawada
Patna: The Gaya police on Saturday arrested two women from Rajauli in Nawada district for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities.
The women, identified as Kamla Devi and Neetu Devi, are relatives of absconding Maoist Om Prakash Yadav. They allegedly blew up the house of one Naresh Yadav at Mohra village in Gaya district on March 4.
Gaya DSP Vidyasagar said, “Omprakash killed Naresh’s father and brother in Gaya in 1999 and 2007 respectively. Kamla and Neetu threatened to blow up Naresh’s house if he did not withdraw the case lodged against Om Prakash.”
Police traced Om Prakash’s calls and came to know that he was planning to shift his family to Rajauli. A raid was conducted and his relatives were arrested. However, Om Prakash is still at large. His family has been involved in Maoist activities for a long time. While his father Kuldeep Yadav was arrested from Nawada a year ago and is lodged in jail, his brother Jai Prakash Yadav was killed at Wajirganj village in Gaya in October last year.
Anti-Naxal Squad set to go for overhaul to meet Maoist threat
…In this backdrop, the police are getting their act together to face the renewed threat of Maoists. Highly-placed sources told TOI that ANS, constituted exclusively to combat the naxalite menace, is expected to undergo an overhaul very soon. In Maoist-hotbed districts like Guntur and Kurnool, ANS, which was withdrawn, could make a comeback, police officials said.
Senior cops believe that proximity with Malkangiri forest area in Odisha has come as a blessing in disguise for Maoists to hit and run away from AP borders. “They can cross the state borders and reach Malkangiri through deep forests in no time,” pointed out an officer involved in anti-Maoist combat operations in Visakha Agency.
That the rebels could strike in Palnadu big time is what bothering the cops. In fact, the ruling TDP groped in the dark for agents to be posted in polling stations in the 2004 elections in Narasaraopet assembly segment which was considered a hotbed of then People’s War Group, which later metamorphosed into CPI(Maoist) party.
According to rough estimates, 22 Telugu Desam workers were killed at the hands of extremists in the Palnadu region till the 2004 elections. Chandravanka dalam played a key role in grabbing 5,000-6,000 acres of endowments and forest lands in Durgi area for distribution among the landless poor for cultivation.
However, the extremists backtracked from the region as they did in other parts of the state in 2005 as a result of the aborted peace negotiations with the YSR government and subsequent heat built up by the police.
Gadchiroli police concerned about targeting of police by PLGA “Action Teams”
..Patil also said there was already a plan in place to thwart the Naxal’s strategy of deploying ‘Actions Team’ in civil attire to target cops in isolation for looting arms and ammunitions. He said the plan was already formulated post-Hedri incident where an Action Team had gunned down a constable and fled with his arms. It is also learnt that police have curtailed the non-operational movement of the forces and intensified anti-sabotage checkings to avoid beign targeted by the explosives and land mines…
Encounter between Naxals and ITBP troops in Chhattisgarh
An encounter broke out between Naxals and ITBP troops in Chhattisgarh on Friday late night in which the naxal camp was destroyed but the ultras managed to flee taking advantage of darkness.
The encounter took place between 18th battalion of ITBP and Maoists between Belgaun and Kaneli area of Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh. ITBP engaged the armed naxals and reacted with full ferocity and destroyed their hideout camp in the heights of Belgaon ridge.
The ITBP recovered one radio, one camera flash to be used for IED blast, empty cases of AK-47 and other articles.