Jawan injured in IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh
A CRPF jawan was on Saturday injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district. The incident took place in the forests of Gangaloor police station area when a team of CRPF’s elite CoBRa unit was carrying out a search-cum-area domination operation in the region, a CRPF official said. Security forces were out on the operation since last evening to the interior forests of Gangaloor, located around 450 km away from the state capital.
Police search on for Maoist gang near Mananthavady
A search is being conducted for a six-member-gang of Maoists, including three women, who entered into a village near Mananthavady searching for food, police said today. The gang entered Chirakkara village last night. The villagers served them food and they spent nearly an hour with the people there, Mananthavady police Sub-Inspector Jayaprakash said.
They displayed their weapons and taught the villagers how to operate them, he said, adding, they also distributed some Maoist literatures.
Presence of Maoists in Mananthavady plantation sector
KALPETTA: The presence of Maoists were confirmed at the plantation sector in Thavinjal panchayat in Wayanad. A six-member Maoist team including women were seen in the houses of plantation workers. They reached there for food and the workers served them food. The old edition of ‘Kattuthee’ was distributed by the team who reached there last night. The police came to know about it only this morning. An investigation has been started by a police team led by Mananthavady DySP.
Tough anti-Maoist bill likely to be tabled in monsoon session
The state government is likely to table a stringent anti-Maoist bill in the upcoming monsoon session to rein in the ultras in four districts: Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur. The proposed law envisages sweeping powers for district authorities, including the right to arrest Maoist suspects for the first three days without seeking permission from the state government and later for 21 days with the permission of the additional chief secretary of the home department, an official said.
It aims to empower the superintendent of police and district collectors to arrest people involved in Maoist activities, including the distribution of the literature. The ambit and provisions of the proposed law are likely to be similar to that of Chhattisgarh. Oddly, the decision to table the bill comes on the heels of claims by the home department that there has been a steady decline in Maoist activities owing to development work and security strategies in the so-called red-corridor districts.
The home department expects the new law will be more effective. “The law will have the provisions similar to that of Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling (COFEPOSA) and Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act (MPDA), which empowers government officials at the district level to arrest people involved in anti-national activities,” said the official. KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary, home department, said that the government was likely to table the bill in the monsoon session after the state cabinet’s nod. He also added that the government would soon announce a 5% reservation in government jobs to the families, affected by Maoist activities.
Maoists set afire several vehicles at brick kiln
Maoist rebels opened fire and exploded bombs at a brick kiln near Mahishaur village under Jandaha police station area in Vaishali district late last night after the owner refused to pay extortion money. Police said here that around 15 armed extremists of CPI (Maoist) attacked the brick kiln, fired in the air and exploded bombs to create fear among those present at the spot. The rebels also thrashed the employees and labourers and set aflame three tractors to protest refusal of brick kiln owner Bindeshwar Rai to pay extortion money to them.
Before making good their escape, the ultras left behind some pamphlets at the spot threatening the kiln owner with dire consequences if he did not cough up the money immediately. An FIR had been lodged against unknown Maoists and a manhunt launched.
Tandwa blast: A’bad cops nab two Reds
Aurangabad: Nearly two-and-a-half-years after the infamous Tandwa blast in which eight policemen were killed, the Aurangabad police have arrested two Maoists – Jitendra Rikiyasan alias Gora and Raju Nut – for their alleged involvement in the crime. While Jitendra was arrested from Sahiyar village in the district on Thursday, the Aurangabad police arrested Raju from Chandigarh a few days ago with the help of Punjab police.
Superintendent of police Babu Ram said while the blast was triggered by Raju, Jitendra accompanied him on the day of incident. “The arrested Maoists confessed to their involvement in the crime. They revealed that the blast was carried out on the instruction of top CPI (Maoist) activists Sandeep ji and Nitesh ji,” the SP added. He said soon after the blast, Raju fled to Chandigarh and started working with a private company. “A police team from Aurangabad had gone to Chandigarh to arrest him. The police have recovered a rifle from Raju’s possession,” the SP said. He added that the Maoists had triggered the blast in a bid to snatch the arms and ammunition of the police.