One CPRF commando killed, 2 injured in IED blast
Gaya (Bihar), June 19 (ANI): A CRPF commando was killed and two others were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by Maoists in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district on Sunday. The incident occurred in the afternoon in the Ganjoi Pahar area of the district when CRPF jawans were on an anti-Naxal operation. Giving further details, SP Garima Malik, said that the injured jawans were rushed to the hospital for medical care, while the preparations are being made to send the martyred soldier’s body to his home town.
Three Maoist leaders killed in Gadchiroli
Three senior members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were gunned down by the police in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Sunday morning. “A joint police team of Telangana and Maharashtra police was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in Kotepalli forest area under Aheri division of Gadchiroli on Sunday morning. The Maoists attacked this joint police team at around 6 am. The police team retaliated the fire and the encounter went on for about an hour. Three senior Maoists were killed in this encounter and the rest of them managed to escape taking advantage of thick forest,” said a press statement issued by the Superintendent of Police (SP), Gadchiroli district.
The police also recovered one AK 47, one SLR and one .303 rifle from the spot of the encounter. “The weapons, recovered from the dead Maoists, indicate that they were senior leaders possibly above the rank of Maoist commander, but their identities are yet to be ascertained,” added the police press statement.
According to some police sources from Chhattisgarh, one of the deceased Maoists in Sunday’s encounter was Athram Shobham alias Charles from Adilabad district of Telangana. Athram Shobham reportedly worked for Telangana Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist) and carried a reward of Rs. 4 lakhs on his head. “Other two look like his bodyguards,” informed an officer involved in anti-Maoist operations in restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
BSF to have Mi-17 copter base in Guwahati
Guwahati, June 18: The Border Security Force is set to have its own Mi-17 helicopter base in Guwahati, in a development that is expected to give a major boost to the border guarding force’s air power in Northeast. The BSF has already acquired a hangar for the purpose at the new extension of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport. “The process is almost complete. We are in the last leg completing the formalities,” said a source. The border guarding force will deploy three Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters at the base. The BSF will bring in equipment and technical staff from New Delhi for the base.
Maoist’s body found from encounter site
The body of a Maoist was today recovered from Patharchhapra jungles here, two days after an encounter between security forces and the extremists in which a CoBRA Jawan was killed. The body was found during the ongoing search operation in the area of the encounter, Inspector General of Police (CRPF) Sanjay Anand Lathkar said. The police also recovered an Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) near the body.
TN cops, foresters to join hands with K’taka to combat Maoists
Erode: Police and forest officials of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have decided to conduct joint search in the forests to curb Maoist intrusion. They convened a meeting at Hasanur near Sathyamangalam in Erode district regarding this issue on Saturday.Erode district SP Rupesh Kumar Meena, Tamil Nadu special task force S P Karuppasamy from Tamil Nadu police department, director of Hasanur Tiger Reserve C H Padma from Tamil Nadu forest department and Samarajnagar district SP Guldeep Kumar Jayanth from Karnataka police department chaired the meeting. Other police and forest officials from both states also participated in the meeting.In the meeting, they spoke about Maoist intrusions in the neighboring state of Kerala.
Five Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jun 19 (PTI) Five Naxals, two of them carrying cash reward on their heads, were arrested today during a search operation by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said. A joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and district force nabbed the cadres while undertaking the search operation to the interior forests of Gadiras police station area, Sukma Superintendent of Police (SP) Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
Security forces were cordoning off Badesetti and Kondre village forests when they spotted five suspects while they were trying to escape into deep jungles, he said. During interrogation, they admitted to their involvement with the outlawed CPI (Maoist), the officer added. The arrested Podiyami Bheema (23), Handa Mandavi (45), Nuppo Deva (25), Kalmu Kesa (30) and Rawa Sukka (25) were active as lower rung members of the banned outfit, the SP said. Of them, Sukka was carrying a reward of Rs 2,000 whereas Rs 1,000 reward was announced for Handa’s arrest, the officer added.
Niyamgiri fake encounter case: Fact-finding team visits Dangamati
A fact-finding team led by former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice B G Kolse Patil Saturday visited Dangamati village under Kalyansinghpur block in Odisha’s Rayagada district to conduct an inquiry into the alleged fake encounter of a Dongria Kondh youth of Niyamgiri Manda Kadraka by the police. The team during its visit to Dangamati village inquired from the locals about the alleged killing of Kadraka by the police. “Manda Kadraka has been murdered. This is most unfortunate. We condemn this barbaric action of the police,” said the fact-finding team after visiting Dangamati and talking to villagers. Notably, security forces on February 27 this year had claimed that a suspected Maoist, Manda Kadraka (20), was killed in an encounter in the Dangamati forests. However, Drika Kadraka had claimed that he and his brother had gone to collect salapa to the hill near their village early on February 27 morning and while they were on their way home, a team of armed police came to them. Seeing them, he ran away from the area but his brother could not run and the police later took him away, Drika had said. Later he claimed to have heard gunshots and hiding in the forest saw the policemen returning from the area with a dead body and some books with them.