‘Jan Militia’ Commander killed in encounter
A uniformed Maoist, carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh, was gunned down during an encounter between the Naxals and Special Task Force and the District Reserve Group in a forest in Kristaram today.”The joint force went out for a search operation, about three km from the police station where the ultras ambushed and opened fire on the force which also retaliated. The encounter lasted for an hour and after which the insurgents fled into the dense forest,” Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. After the encounter, the body of a Naxal was seized. He was identified as ‘Jan Militia’ Commander Sodhi Pandu.
..No higher education institution has so far sought a permanent paramilitary presence although the Central University of Odisha, located in Maoist-affected Koraput, recently requested the state government for a police outpost on its campus…
Rebel shadow over Panki bypoll
Daltonganj: Palamu police have a daunting task of reining in several rebel groups active in the district before the Panki assembly byelection on May 16.Besides the CPI(Maoist), many breakaway factions like the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) have strongholds in various parts of Palamu district.
Maoists, who are active in the Panki’s Manatu block, have always called for poll boycott and this time too, the administration is expecting a similar move. Palamu DIG Saket Kumar Singh said police are stepping up search operations to arrest Shrawan who leads the Maoists in Palamu.
Maoists kill former Sarpanch in Bijapur
A former Sarpanch (village head) was killed by Maoists in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
The ultras slit the throat of Elam Narayan, the former Sarpanch of Vadala village under Bhopalpatnam block of Bijapur and also left a handwritten letter on his dead body claiming the responsibility of the killing.
“We had already warned Elam Narayan thrice during various Janatana Adalat (peoples’ court) but he continued to indulge in troubling common public, exploiting and threatening them. He did not give up his dictatorial ways despite repeated warning from the party,” said the handwritten letter issued in the name of National Park Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist).
Elam Narayan was reportedly a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Our party will never spare BJP men like Elam Narayan who trouble common public,” threatened the Maoists’ letter and also asked other BJP members in the area to quit the party or “face the consequences.”