3 women Maoists killed in Kalahandi
Three women armed cadre of banned CPI (Maoist) were gunned down and a Maoist camp busted during a combing operation at Sahajkhaol Reserve Forest in Odisha’s Kalahandi district today. “As per the preliminary information received, three women Maoists were killed in the encounter with the personnel of Odisha Police,” Superintendent of Police, Kalahandi, Brijesh Rai said.
He said the personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG), a special paramilitary unit in Odisha, and district voluntary force raided the Maoist camp based on intelligence input.Stating that some items and arms ammunition were seized from the camp, the SP said the police have recovered three bodies of women cadre from the damaged maoist camp in the dense forest.
He said there was a heavy exchange of fire between the security personnel and the maoist ultras. “We will be able to give details about the operation only after the jawans return from the place of operation,” Rai said, adding the place of operation was located along the border of Kalahandi and Nawrangpur districts and very near to Ampani Ghat and NH-26.
The other Maoist cadre abandoned the camp and fled away, he said. Several Maoist literature, daily needs, arms and ammunition including two .303 rifles and 9 mm pistol have been seized from the camp.
Naxals kill their 2 tribals associates
Two tribals, who were associated with the Naxals, were today killed allegedly by the Maoists in Dhanora tehsil of the district, on the pretext of engaging in “suspicious acts”, police said. Around 15 to 20 Naxals stormed into Masanadi village and took 52-year-old Sheshrao Baggaji Darro and 55-year-old Dewaji Mithuji Atla out of the village, a press release issued by the Gadchiroli police said.
They were severely thrashed and killed. While Sheshrao was the Vice President of the Naxal-led Jantana Sarkar, Dewaji was a member of another Naxal organisation. “The Maoists held the duo responsible for the taking the Naxal movement backward and indulging in suspicious anti-Naxal acts,” it said. As per the release, Naxals had warned the two to “improve” their behaviour.
Anti-naxal forces must be taken care of properly: Security chiefs
Visakhapatnam: State security forces should take proper care of the personnel involved in anti-naxal operations as well as ensure sharing of information on a higher level, said security chiefs of Chattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana and AP at the first day of the two-day meeting in the city on Friday. The consensus was that communication among the naxal-affected states should be improved to combat the Maoists successfully during joint actions.
According to sources, the closed-door meeting was held at a resort 30 km away from Vizag and the entry was only confined to IPS officers.
The meeting that saw Andhra Pradesh DGP JV Ramudu as well as Odisha and Telangana DGPs KP Singh and Anurag Sharma respectively advised the IPS officers posted in the border districts of all the four states to be cautious on various issues. “The first day meeting was informal and the higher officials may discuss serious issues such as Maoist movement on Saturday as top cops like Vijaya Kumar and Kode Durgaprasad would join them. The top brass may also chalk out an action plan for the four states and submit it to the home affairs ministry,” sources said.
A senior IPS officer said that the meeting aimed to share the experiences of senior IPS officers with the younger generations, who may not know the hardships faced by their seniors, who were once superintendents of police when the naxal movement was at its peak. The first day meeting also had power point presentations from all the four states about the Maoist scenario. AP intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao gave a presentation about Maoist movement in the state. Additional DG Lang Kumar of Chhattisgarh explained the Maoist formations and their activities in his state.