Four naxal ‘supporters’ held in Chhattisgarh
Four naxal supporters who were allegedly involved in triggering an IED (improvised explosive device) blast near a Border Security Force camp in March this year were arrested from Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said today. The cadres identified as Deva Ram Jade (30), Laxman (30), Chamruram Darro (50) and Ramprasad Hidko (25)were nabbed from forests of Badgaon police station area during a joint search operation by BSF and district forces yesterday, Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police Jayant Vaishnav told PTI.
Security forces had launched the combing exercise from BSF’s camp at Mandagaon village located around 300 kms away from the state capital leading to interior forests. Meanwhile, they rounded up four suspects between Mendra and Nadichuwa villages who later admitted of their involvement with the outlawed Naxal movement, the DSP said. They were allegedly involved in executing a blast near a rivulet close to Mandagaon BSF camp on March 3 this year that injured a jawan, he said adding that their interrogation was on.
Maoists seek to make ‘capital’ gains
:Is the CPI(Maoist) maintaining contacts with those who lost their lands in land pooling and trying to strengthen its base in the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region? The answer appears to be yes going by the recent developments in and around Guntur and Vijayawada.
Intelligence sources confirmed that Maoists have constituted an Action Team and conducted ‘recce’ in the capital area a few days ago. The Guntur police arrested a woman Naxal leader Bhutam Annapurna alias Aruna, who came to the capital region on the pretext of taking treatment last month. Through some organisations, which are fighting against the government for allegedly destroying greenery along Krishna river bund and in getting suitable compensation to the land losers, Maoists are trying to meet some farmers and those who are feeling distressed. Speaking to The Hindu , a top police officer said there are no underground activities in the capital region but there was information on movement of Naxalites in Krishna and Guntur districts. Instructions have been given to the VIPs not to move in villages without giving prior information to the police, he said.
Focus on capital
“We have information about the Maoists working with some frontal organisations and some like-minded people in Krishna and Guntur districts. Some sympathisers are helping naxalites in spreading their network and an alert has been sounded in this regard,” the officer said preferring anonymity. Asked whether Maoists are trying to raise party fund and take opportunity on the slow pace of works in the capital and on delay in extending benefits to the evacuees, the officer said that extremists are making all-out efforts to strengthen the party.
“The Maoists Central Committee has focused on Andhra Pradesh Capital Region. Police have kept a vigil on the movements of some organisations,leaders and the extremists. We are maintaining a tab on the open cadre activists too,” the officer added. In Guntur district, the Bollapalli Local Guerrilla Squad (LGS), Mannanur LGS, Veldurthy LGS, the South Krishna Patti Area Committee, Dachepalli LGS, Central Palnadu LGS and Bellamkonda LGS were strong once.
Police gear up to thwart Maoists’ threat
150 polling stations in Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Palakkad categorised ‘Maoist sensitive’
: As the D-day draws closer, the State police have stepped up security in the wake of threats from the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist) to disrupt the Assembly polls. Intelligence sources told The Hindu here on Friday that about 150-odd polling stations spread across Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Palakkad districts had been categorised “Maoist sensitive” on account of some frontal organisations, such as Porattam, asking the tribal population to boycott the May 16 polls.
Unlike some other threats, often backed by physical attacks witnessed in some of the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected States, Kerala does not have to worry because the CPI (Maoist) has not been able to get a foothold in any part of the State. Most of the threats related to the pro-LWE groups are anti-election campaigns. Additional Director of Police (North Kerala) Nitin Agrawal said the police would ensure that the tribal voters exercised their franchise without any fear.
“All efforts have been made to provide protection in their hamlets and regions bordering the forests. A special package, including deployment of armed security personnel at the booths, is being implemented,” he said. Meanwhile, the police have also started a counter strategy by putting up anti-Maoist posters in tribal colonies suspected to be frequented by the sympathisers of the left wing extremists. Officials and social workers have been assigned to visit their houses to defuse the Maoist’s campaign to boycott the polls.
EC: 20 polling booths in Kovai vulnerable to Maoist attacks
Coimbatore: Usually Coimbatore city does not witness any poll-related violence, but the election commission (EC) has identified close to 20 polling booths in Kavundampalayam constituency as vulnerable to Maoist attacks. The EC has beefed up security in these booths to allow smooth voting for people.
IED planted by Maoists defused in Gajapati
Berhampur: Personnel of District Voluntary Force found a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a forest near Nalaghata in Gajapati district during a combing operation late on Wednesday. “The bomb disposal squad from Paralakhemundi safely defused the IED, weighing 20 kg,” SP (Gajapati) Satyajit Nayak said on Thursday. The IED is suspected to have been planted by the Maoists about three to four years ago. “It would have exploded on coming in contact with any person or vehicle,” the SP said.
This is the fourth IED seized in the last one year in the district. In October, a powerful IED, weighing 47 kg, was found in a forest along Kattama-Baliganda Road. Two more IEDs, weighing 24 kg and 27 kg, were found at Telengapadara, about 2 km away from the camp of Odisha State Armed Police at Paniganda. Security forces had recovered another IED from a forest beat house near Adava. Police said there was no reason to panic as Maoists activities are on the wane in the district. The last major incident was the encounter killing of Maoist Govinda Majhi alias Pradip in a forest near Kendupadar village under Mohana police limits.