Political prisoner Basanti Patra’s health deteriorates after ten years of incarceration in Jamshedpur.
Chhattisgarh: Three naxals gunned down in Bastar
They were identified as LOS (local organisation squad) ‘commander’ of Darbha ‘division’ Manoj Hapka and his wife Tati the ASP said.
Three naxals, including a couple, were today gunned down in a fierce encounter with security forces at different places of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar region, police said. The naxal couple, active in Darbha division of Maoist, was killed in the skirmish that took place at around 2:50 AM between ultras and a joint team of security forces in jungles of Gangaloor under Bijapur police station area, district Additional Superintendent of Police, Indira Kalyan Elesela said. They were identified as LOS (local organisation squad) ‘commander’ of Darbha ‘division’ Manoj Hapka and his wife Tati, a member of the same squad, the ASP said.
The operation involving composite forces of Central Reserve Police Force 85th battalion, CRPF’s elite unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) 204th battalion with the support of Gangaloor police was launched last night. While the forces were carrying out searching at target places in jungles of Kotter-Kerenar near the CRPF’s camp at Reddy village, located around 450 kms from here, naxals opened heavy fire on them, the official said. Immediately security forces took position and launched retaliatory attack that forced naxals to flee the spot. During searching, bodies of the duo were recovered alongside two muzzle loading guns, a revolver and commodities of daily use, he said.
In another incident in Bijapur’s Mirtur police station area, which is close to Gangaloor, naxals fired and hurled bomb at a police camp in the wee hours. However, no harm was reported in the incident, the ASP said. At Cherli camp in the district, a group of ultras opened firing and hurled bombs at security personnel. Although rebels escaped from the spot as soon as the jawans launched retaliatory attack and no loss of human life or injury was reported, he added.
Meanwhile, in a separate exchange of fire, a woman naxalite was killed by a team of state’s District Reserve Group personnel in Kanker district, police said. The face-off between police and ultras took place in the forests between Matenga, Kudarwahi and Duwal villages under Amabeda police station limits in midnight, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said. During the search of the spot this morning, a woman attired in ‘uniform’, two weapons and their rounds, IED planted in a pressure cooker, bags and other materials were recovered, he said.
New naxal leaders may take charge in AOB
Visakhapatnam: With the recent combing operations and encounters by the security forces breaking into the Maoist strongholds, members of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) as well as the CPI (Maoists) are reportedly initiating efforts to strengthen their rank and file. According to sources, the CPI (Maoists) central committee wants to give a new lease of life to the movement in the AOB areas by deploying leaders from their Telangana committee as well as armed platoons from Chhattisgarh.
In major setbacks in the recent past, the naxals lost one of their key leaders and PLGA chief Kudumula Venkata Rao to illness, while three Maoists including Galikonda area committee secretary Azad died in a recent encounter with security forces. Following these developments, the naxals in the AOB areas reportedly sent an SOS to their central leadership seeking urgent reinforcements, the sources said, adding that their central committee member Katakam Sudarsan alias Anand may visit the AOB soon to meet the leaders.
The East Division has only two area committees – Galikonda and Korukonda. Maoist commander Sarath’s death in the hands of the local people one and a half year ago in Korukonda, and the recent construction of the Rallagedda outpost weakened the naxal movement in the area. Later, the Marripakalu encounter on May 4 this year in which Azad and two others were killed added to the blow, sources said.
Now, with the CPI (Maoists) central committee planning to send leaders to strengthen the East Division, new leaders are expected to take charge from secretary of the East Division Pratapareddy Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati. “Those likely to take charge in AOB include Jalandhra Reddy alias Krishna from Chhattisgarh and Bakuru Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh from Odisha. East Godavari and Visakha borders are important to the naxals as they border Chhatisgarh and Malkangiri district of Odisha,” a senior officials involved in anti-naxal operations said, adding, “They need link with Odisha to safeguard their teams and also receive guidance from top rank naxals.”
Security personnel recover large amounts of explosives
Medininagar (Jharkhand), May 21 (PTI) Security personnel today recovered large quantity of bomb making materials after they busted a bunker of the Maoists at Abun Jungle of Naxal-hit Palamau district, a senior police officer said. The security personnel, comprising CRPF and District Armed Police, were on an anti-naxal campaign when they stumbled upon a bunker, which was destroyed immediately, Superintendent of Police, Mayur Patel said.
The forces recovered a water tank, a large quantity of codex wire, tiffin box, grenades, IED making materials, among other items, he said.
The recovery was made few days after the security personnel and District Armed Police of adjoining district Latehar recovered huge quantity of explosives from Herhunj police station limits.
8 rebel attacks on SER trains in 10 years
Jamshedpur: Maoist attacks on trains on the 250-km railway track between Jhargram and Rourkela are common. There were at least eight such incidents on this stretch of the South Eastern Railway in the last one decade.The first rebel attack took place in December 2006 when Maoists stopped the Tata-Kharagpur MEMU at Chakulia station and snatched firearms from GRP and RPF personnel.Three years later in October 2009, suspected Maoists stopped the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express at Banstola station for three hours putting top SER zonal officials in a tizzy. Women cadres holding red flags had squatted on the track.
Two Maoists arrested in Aurangabad
Aurangabad: Two hardcore Maoists were arrested from Madanpur in a joint raid conducted by police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel on Friday. The arrested Maoists have been identified as Akhilesh Yadav and Ramdeep Yadav. Aurangabad superintendent of police (SP) Babu Ram said Akhilesh Yadav, a resident of Raja Bigha and brother of sub zonal commander of CPI (Maoist) Ram Pravesh Yadav, was accused of killing one Ritesh Yadav, a resident of Bella village in the district.
The SP added that the arrested Maoists have confessed to their involvement in rebel activities and given vital information to the police regarding future strategy of Reds in the area. A semi-automatic pistol and two live cartridges were recovered from the possession of the duo.