How ‘Naxal’ slipped out of custody with grenade launcher
For six days, Mudkam Deva surveyed Basaguda police station, one of the most sensitive outposts in Maoist-affected Bijapur district, from the inside. He had been detained from a checkpost on the Basaguda-Bijapur road, a stretch one officer described as “throwing up an IED every three days”.
Officers at the station told The Indian Express that Deva admitted he was a Maoist on a reconnaissance mission. In the days that he spent at the station, he seemed amenable to providing information, and said he was open to the idea of surrender. Until 7.15 pm on May 18, when a sentry on one of the eight towers saw Deva opening the wire mesh of one of the gates, and escaping into the jungle outside, an AK-47 and 90 rounds slung across his shoulder, and an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with eight cells in a satchel in his hands.
At the Basaguda station on Saturday, three days after Deva escaped, there is an air of disbelief and impending doom. No orders for any punitive action have been issued. But Sharad Singh, the in-charge, knows that is just a matter of time. “I can’t believe something like this has happened here. All I can think about is Deva, and recovering the weapons. I know they will be used against us,” he said.
Naxal killed in police encounter in Bastar
RAIPUR: A Maoist deputy commander was today killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar region. “The skirmish took place this morning between a joint team of security personnel and ultras in Modenar forest under Darbha police station limits,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, S R P Kalluri told PTI. The encounter took place when a composite squad of District Reserve Group (DRG) and District Force and Chhattisgarh Armed Force was carrying out a search operation in Pakhnar police outpost area under Darbha region, 350 km from the state capital Raipur, the IG said.
While they were cordoning off an area in the Modenar forests, a group of rebels reportedly belonging to Katekalyan LOS (local organisation squad) of Maoists, opened indiscriminate fire on them, resulting in a brief exchange of fire, he said. Later, body of a rebel clad in uniform, along with a country-made SBML (single barrel muzzle loading) gun, tiffin bomb, pamphlets, bags, and other items of daily use were recovered, he said. The killed Naxal was identified as Sukhram, who was deputy commander of Katekalyan LOS, he said.
At least 18 FIRs were registered against him in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Bastar district, he said. Of these FIRs, four were related to causing damage to railway tracks and railway station, including the sabotage of Kumarsadra railway station on May 13, he said. He said following the Kumarsadra sabotage, the police had launched a series of operations in the area contiguous to the railway track. The joint squad was operating in the area for the past nine days, he said.
Naxal arrested in Warangal
The Narasampet police arrested Penasa Venkanna alias Vikram, who belongs to CPI(ML) New Democracy naxal group at the house of P. Thirupathamma, anganwadi teacher, at Machherla village, about 60 km from the district headquarters, on Sunday. He belongs to Jagganyakulagudem of Gudur mandal on the outskirts of Apparajupalli village. He was working underground and had been sick for the past seven months and was frequenting hospitals.
On a tip-off that he was in Macheral village, the police team led by Gudur CI Ramesh Naik arrested him. Mr Venkanna had been working underground since 1990. He came out and contested elections. He won as MPTC but again went underground in 2014. The police recovered a pistol, five bullets, and one knife from him. Narsampet DSP Dasari Muralidhar said that he was once involved in an incident of extortion. Meanwhile, CPI (ML) new democracy Warangal-Khammam area members Gopanna and Pullanna demanded that the police present Venkanna in the court immediately.
Anti-Maoist ops to be intensified
Jamshedpur: Anti-Maoist operations will be intensified along the state’s borders with West Bengal and Odisha, police said on Sunday.
East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T Mathew said the anti-rebel operations would be stepped up in 10 police station areas in Ghatshila sub-division. This comes after a Maoist attack on the Dhanbad-Jhargram MEMU at Kokpara station. “We are working on a strategy. More action will be visible in that area soon,” said Mathew.
Sources in the Ghatshila sub-division police administration said a joint team of the district police and CRPF jawans, along with their counterparts in West Bengal and Odisha, will launch an offensive. “Intelligence reports suggest that two groups of Maoists of the Jharkhand Bihar Odisha Regional Committee are active in the forested hills along the borders of Bengal and Odisha,” said a sub-divisional police official preferring anonymity.
He also informed that five named accused in the train attack incident are on the list of security personnel as cops believe the five accused orchestrated the crime at the rebels hit Kokpara on May 19. The suspected Maoists namely Kanu Munda, Supoy Tudu, Fogra Munda, Jayanto Munda and Bhoglu have been named in the FIR in connection with the Kokpara train incident.
One woman among four Maoists held in AP
Visakhapatnam Rural Police today arrested a woman Maoist, who carried a reward of Rs four lakh on her head, and three militia members.
The arrested Maoists were identified as Vantala Vasantha (26) alias Jyothi, native of Bonangipalle area, P Sattibabu (40) and P Kameswara Rao (21), a resident of Koyyuru mandal, and G Govinda Rao (26) from GK Veedhi area. Each of the three militia members carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh on their head.
Maoists Attack and Kill three ‘Police Informers’ at the Bihar-Jharkhand Border Villages
In an incident of Maoist attack, three villagers allegedly police informers were killed in the Jamui district of Bihar on Saturday. The event took place at the Gadi village of the Chakai area of Jamui district that borders the Giridh district of Jharkhand. The Maoist attack on the three villagers made the security forces of both the states alert of another probable Maoist attack in the area. The Maoists killed the victims on Saturday night, and the police recovered their bodies on Sunday morning. During the search, Police got leaflets stating the victims were police informers who helped the cops to get information about them. Among the three victims, Tipan Mandal (30) was called from his house in Gadi village, Mukesh Kumar Rai (25) was brought from the Chowki, and Yogendra Turi (35) was brought from Garanga village. As per the news received, a group of armed men reached the Gadi village around midnight and carried out the execution, reported Hindustan Times.
It is being assumed that the Maoists killed the villagers to avenge the death of the front ranking CMP leader Chirag, who was murdered in an encounter in January based on the information provided by the victims of this incident. The Maoist leaflet claimed that the victims were special police officers (SPOs) and warned that the people who work as police informers would have a similar fate in future. The Jamui superintendent of police, Jayant Kant confirmed the incident and said that the Maoists killed the villagers. He further said that the Central Reserve police force and the district police started combing operations in the three villages to catch hold of the attackers. The Deputy Inspector General of police, eastern range, Barun Kumar Sinha, who also holds the charge of the Munger area said that the police is investigating the motive for the killing.
The Media in-charge of the Giridh police and subdivisional police officer, R.K Mehta spelt out the improbability of the villagers being SPOs. He said that those killed were neither police informers nor SPOs, they were innocent villagers. The Maoists killed them to make their presence felt in the Bhelwaghati and suburban areas, after the death of CPM leader Chirag. After the incident, a high alert was issued in Giridih to avoid any unwanted incidents. Apart from strengthening the ongoing police patrol, additional police force was deployed to strengthen long-range patrolling. The killing of the three villagers reminded of the Bhelwaghati massacre in September 2005 when 15 villagers who were part of the Gram Raksha Daly created by the then CM Babulal Marandi to check the activities of the Maoists in the area were killed.
Maoists hack villager to death in Gadchiroli
A villager was hacked to death by Maoists in Gadchiroli district of Eastern Maharashtra on Sunday morning. “The Maoists went to the residence of Venkatesh Atram (31) in Rajaram village under Aheri division of Gadchiroli and killed him on the suspicion of being a police informer. He was not a police informer, he was just a common villager,” said a press statement from Gadchiroli police.
However, a handwritten note left by the Maoists accused him of being a Special Police Officer (SPO). “Venkatesh Atram was working as an SPO for over six years as a result of which our PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) has given him death penalty,” read the statement issued in the name of the Aheri Area Committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Three women among seven Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Seven Maoists, including three women, were today arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division, police said. While three cadres, including a woman, were apprehended from Bijapur district, two rebels were held in Dantewada and Sukma districts, a senior police official told PTI.
A joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and district force was carrying out a search operation to the interior forests of Awapalli police station area of Bijapur, located around 450 kms away from here, he said. On reaching near Bogla village, they spotted three suspects who were trying to escape into deep jungle following which security forces nabbed them after a short a chase, he said.
Those arrested were identified as Podiyam Bheema (32), Satyam Sodhi (20) and the woman Podiyami Lakhmi (22), the official said adding that they admitted to their involvement in several Maoist-related incidents, including attempt to murder, dacoity, blocking roads and others, in the region.
In another incident, two women rebels, one of them carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head, were arrested from Gadiras police station area of Sukma. The rebels identified as Beko Nande (27) and Beko Mase (25) were rounded up from their native place Kondre village by a composite squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force, he said.
Of them, Beko was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on her head, he added. Besides, two Jan militia members identified as Manglu Kowasi (35) and Santu Kashyap (24) who were active in the Katekalyan area committee of Maoist were arrested from Dantewada, the official said. The duo has admitted to their involvement in the killing of a son of Toynar village Sarpanch last year, attacks on police party and others, he added.