Arson of truck in Dantewada.
Chhattisgarh: 3 CRPF officials injured in IED blast, additional forces rushed to the spot
Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, including an officer, were on Monday injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
The incident occurred between Chintagufa-Burkapal at around 9 am when a road opening party (ROP) of 74th battalion of CRPF was carrying out its task under Chintagufa police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.
Inspector Ravi Singh and a constable S Babu was among the injured. Constable Arjun Ram was critically injured in the blast, the ASP said.
Maoists call for poll boycott in Nilambur
Malappuram: A six-member Maoist gang led by rebel leader Soman is learnt to have visited the venue of the three-day long annual tribal festival at Eengar near Mundakkadavu tribal colony in Nilambur. The Maoists who arrived around 6am on Sunday also called for a boycott of the upcoming assembly election. A two-page pamphlet explaining the reasons for calling the boycott was distributed among the tribal people attending the festival.
It said the police, Thunderbolt commandos, revenue officials and the Malappuram collector were threatening and torturing the tribal people who had already decided to boycott the polls following a call by the Maoists. This is a clear violation of the basic rights of the tribal people to stay away from voting. The pamphlet alleged that all the various governments in the state have failed to allot land to the landless tribal people and prevent plantation companies from encroaching hectares of forest land. It said the Pempilai Orumai movement in plantation areas in Idukki has exposed the real face of the trade unions. The Maoists alleged that tribal leader C K Janu was led by selfish motives when she decided to contest the election as an NDA candidate.
Maoists execute school student for being ‘police informer’ in Balaghat
Bhopal: In an incident that marks the return of Maosit activity in Madhya Pradesh, outlaws executed a 20-year-old youth, a school student, on suspicion of being a police informer in state’s Balaghat district. This is the first execution by rebels in Madhya Pradesh after the brutal killing of state’s former transport minister Likhiram Kavre in 1999. Police claim Maoists are back in action in the region.
“Two villagers were picked up by suspected Maoists from Malajkhand Dalam from Jalda Navhi village of Pathri police outpost in the district on Friday night. They took them to deep jungles and executed one of them,” said a police officer. Dead has been identified as Rati alias Sunder.
He was shot from a close range, while the other identified as Rajkumar, resident of Dabrutola managed to escape.
Police said they were abducted, blindfolded and taken inside deep forest. Both were accused of being police informers and thrashed. On Saturday night they were lined up and shot. While Rati, a student of class 12, collapsed on the spot with a bullet in his skull, Rajkumar faked his death, said police. He told police that there were 30 to 40 outlaws and were repeatedly asking about their linkages with police.
Balaghat inspector general of police D C Sagar declared a cash award of Rs 30,000 on any information leading to the arrest of those involved.
Earlier, on April 12 Maoists had set a bamboo laden truck on fire and before leaving the area, they warned other villagers to stay away from police and government officials. A Maoist was injured in a separate encounter with police two weeks ago. Intelligence officials believe that they are expanding their movement in Madhya Pradesh.
Balaghat is close to Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh and Gondia of Maharashtra. In May 2012 a labourer working at a road construction site under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was nailed to a bridge by Maoists in Balaghat. The victim youth, identified as Sunil Bawre (26), was sleeping in his hutment when a group of armed Naxalites stormed the labourers’ colony at Kundekata village near the construction site. They threatened labourers of dire consequences if they resumed work on the road and the bridge under the PMGSY. Thereafter, they took Sunil Bawre to the 7,000 metre-long bridge under construction several km away and nailed him to the iron. The profusely bleeding Bawre was rescued by his contractor seven hours later. The red army allegedly distributed pamphlets and verbally warned labourers.
Balaghat is one of the eight districts affected by Maoist activities in Madhya Pradesh. In 2012 several other incidents were reported about Maoists allegedly blowing up bridges and roads under construction in this district adjoining Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh police had a breakthrough in May 2015 with the arrest of maoist commander Dilip Guha – who was allegedly in know of the conspiracy behind the 2013 Bastar bloodbath that wiped out entire frontline Congress leadership of Chhattisgarh. A hardened Maoist of the North Gadchiroli-Gondia divisional committee (NGBDC), Guha was involved in more than 200 cases, including murder of state’s former transport minister and beheading of 19 government employees. He Guha was not only involved in the conspiracy, but was also part of the operation in Jheeram Ghati in Bastar that killed 27 people, say intelligence sources.
Accused Dilip alias Guha, resident of Balaghat’s Maate village, was arrested after a brief encounter in Sungudda district’s forest area where he was moving with seven armed guerrillas. Others had managed to escape. Guha carried a bounty of Rs 40 lakh on his head and was wanted in 130 cases registered in Madhya Pradesh alone. Police were on the lookout in three red zone areas. He had joined Malajkhand Dalam at the age of 16 in 1995. The dalam was led by Suraj Tekam, key accused in murder of former transport minister Likhiram Kawre in Sonepur village in Balaghat district on December 16, 1999.
LWE under control in Odisha: DGP
Berhampur (Odisha), Apr 18 (PTI) Odisha Director General of Police K B Singh today said left-wing extremism (LWE) was under control even though their presence was felt in 19 out of 30 districts of the state. “Though the activities of the Red rebels are under control, they are not fully eliminated. It is a challenge for the Odisha Police,” Singh told reporters here.
He said nine out of 30 districts of the state have been identified as the “Maoist-infested” at present. The movements of Maoists were earlier in Kandhamal and Boudh districts and the rebels tried to consolidate their base in Kalahandi district.
..Further, the CPI-Maoist also placed a banner in Pevari village in Antagarh District, reports The Times of India on April 18.They urged the people to support them to protest against the recent hike in price of tendupatta/bidi leaves.