Four arrests in Dantewada.
BJP leader eliminated in Bijapur.
Informer executed in Aurangabad.
Attack on construction site in Hazaribagh.
Two jawans injured in Naxal firing in Cgarh
Raipur, Jun 11 (PTI) Two police jawans of the District Force (DF) were today injured when Naxals attacked a team of security personnel deployed to ensure security to a helicopter in the dense forests of Pamed in Bijapur district. “The police personnel sustained bullet injuries as the armed Maoists opened fire on them close to Pamed police station, located around 500 km away from the state capital Raipur,” Special Director General of Police (SDGP), Anti-Maoist Operations D M Awasthi told PTI. Security forces were given the task of ensuring security to the helipad ahead of the landing of a helicopter meant to drop some jawans from Bijapur to Pamed, who had returned after the vacation.
After dropping them, the chopper returned and security forces began marching back to its base, he said. “Meanwhile, a group of Maoists opened fire on them leaving two DF constables- Virendra Mandavi and Akhilesh Chelam– injured. However, rebels fled from the spot as security forces retaliated,” the SDGP said. Mandavi sustained injuries on his leg, while Chelam was hit by bullet on his chest, he added. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured were administered first-aid at Pamed, from where they are being airlifted to Raipur for treatment, he said. Security forces have launched a combing operation in the region to nab the attackers, he added.
Maoists attack cop’s house in Ghatshila, set it ablaze
Jamshedpur, June 11: Suspected Maoists attacked at house of cops at Dhiriguttu village under the Naxal-infested Ghurabanda police station area of Ghatshila. According to information, about 40 suspected ultras barged into the house of Pradhan Murmu; vandalized the property and ransacked everything. Both sons of Pradhan are serving Jharkhand police.
As the news of the incident spread, a police team rushed to the spot for investigation. The Maoists left behind pamphlets protesting attachment orders (kurkijabti) carried by the police against some ultras. They threatened dire actions if police initiated steps. The Maoists also put Pradhan’s house on fire before leaving the area.
Anti-Maoist op intensified in Aurangabad
Aurangabad : A day after huge recovery of explosives, anti-Maoist operation has been intensified across the district. SP Babu Ram said three companies of STF as well as equal companies of CRPF have been pressed into service. He said recovery of explosives from hills is a matter of serious concern and it cannot be denied that Maoists have stocked arms and ammunition in other localities also. Security forces have been issued a directive to scan all hills in Maoist-dominated areas. According to police sources, recovery of explosives including cane bombs on Thursday during a joint campaign of the CRPF and district armed police (DAP) from Bhura hills under Deo police station found its way to Aurangabad from Munger. The cane bombs were supplied to the Maoists from Munger, while parts of rocket launcher was supplied from Chhattisgarh, said CRPF sources on Friday.
Maoist leader denies links with BJD
Bhubaneswar: Incarcerated Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Wednesday denied having received any money from ruling BJD. A day before, former Union minister and founder of Samata Kranti Dal, Braja Kishore Tripathy alleged Rs 45 lakh was transferred from BJD’s account to that of Panda.
“I do not have any account in ICICI Bank in Ganjam district as claimed by Tripathy. I have not received any money from BJD. His allegations are baseless,” Panda told media persons while being produced in a court in Gajapati district. Earlier Tripathy claimed to have possessed a document, showing financial dealings between BJD and Panda. “I am in possession of documents that Rs 45 lakh was transferred from BJD’s SBI, Bhubaneswar account No. 10091755246 to Sabyasachi Panda’s ICICI Bank Chhatrapur branch (Ganjam district) account No. 203601501728 on April 10, 2014,” Tripathy had told media persons at Delhi.
He further alleged that a day earlier, on April 9, 2014, Rs 1 lakh was transferred from Panda’s account to the BJD account through cheque. Tripathy alleged BJD had links with Maoists and had used the rebels for electoral gain. BJD denied the allegations. Hours after Tripathy’s serious allegation, the BJD spokesperson Amar Prasad Satapathy described the charges as baseless. Panda, accused in several cases including the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati in 2008 that triggered a fierce ethno-religious conflict in Kandhamal and adjoining districts, was arrested from Berhampur in Ganjam district in the late night of July 17, 2014.
Police said Panda is accused in 61 cases, and apart from Laxmanananda’s murder, he is believed to be involved in the abduction of two Italian nationals in March 2012 and killing of at least 25 cops apart from looting of the armoury in Nayagarh in February 2008. He is also accused of killing 34 civilians. Panda had in August 2012 formed his own extremist outfit, Odisha Maowadi Party, after he was banished by the CPI (Maoist), of which he was secretary, Odisha State Organizing Committee.
K’HANDI NOW WORST RED ZONE: MORE FORCES NEEDED
With Malkangiri and Koraput being the focus areas for operations against Leftwing Extremism (LWE), the bauxite rich Kalahandi district is emerging as the worst Maoist-affected area of the State. Top police officials believe that Maoists are increasing their activities in the tribal district. With huge deposits of bauxite in Lanjigarh and Karlapat areas, aluminium major Vedanta and other big players were eyeing to own mines, but the peoples’ movement has stalled their move. The Maoists have stealthily made inroads to these tribal zones and have increased their activities, said officials in State police headquarters.
Interestingly for last few years, the ultras were moving through the forests of Kalahandi and making inroads to Balangir, Boudh and Angul. They were treating it as a “safe passage”. But now the Maoists have started recruitment of cadres in the district and have made it a “critical link” to connect Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. With huge presence of Central paramilitary forces in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, the ultras are moving inside Odisha through the jungles of Kalahandi and have turned it into a safe haven for their activities. With a sizable chunk of tribal population in Kalahandi, the Maoists are trying to get hold of the unemployed youths as cadres and strengthen their base. There are 44 battalions of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF)s in Chhattisgarh, whereas Odisha has only 17 battalions of the forces.
Looking at the vacuum of Central forces in the border district, the ultras are sneaking into the State. Repeated requests by the State Government to provide two more battalions for deployment in the border areas of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have gone unheeded, resulting in growth of presence of ultras, rued a senior official in the Department of Home.
Police custody for Roopesh
A judicial magistrate court here on Thursday granted one-day police custody of top Maoist leader Roopesh to the Variety Hall Road police in city to question him in connection with a case against him for alleged misuse of the copy of ration card of a woman residing in the Variety Hall Police limit to buy a SIM card. He should be produced before the court on Friday afternoon.
Custodial death case: Bihar govt pays Rs 3 lakh solatium
New Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) Bihar government has paid Rs three lakh to the family of a man who died due to torture in police custody following the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The solatium was paid to the family of Madan Yadav who died due to torture in custody at Barun Police Station in Aurangabad district on June 7 in 2012, a day after he was arrested for alleged links with Naxals.
“The Special Secretary, Home Department, government of Bihar, in his personal appearance before the commission, also informed that the next of kin of deceased Yadav had also withdrawn the amount of relief from his bank account,” an NHRC statement said. Also, after NHRC’s intervention a case was registered against the delinquent police personnel under section 302 IPC at Police Station Barun. The SHO and five constables were suspended, it said.
The victim, Yadav, a native of district Palamu in Jharkhand, was alleged to be a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of banned CPI (Maoist) and was arrested on June 6 in 2012. He was brought to Barun for interrogation, the statement said. “During the course of investigations, the commission found several loopholes in police theory behind the death of the accused. “Based on the material of record placed before the commission after a series of notices, it held that there was overwhelming evidence against the conduct of the police which could not satisfactorily explain the reason behind the injuries to the deceased.
“This did not rule out the possibility of police torture under adverse environmental temperature amounting to violation of human rights of the victim,” it said. Reports also revealed that there were contradictions and discrepancies in the police statements about the place of Yadav’s arrest, lack of medical examination after his arrest, the reason behind injuries on his body and his stomach being without food and water, etc.