Husband-wife among six Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Jun 23 (PTI) Six Naxals, including a couple carrying a bounty of Rs one lakh each on their head, were today arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarhs Bastar division, police said. “Four lower-rung rebels were apprehended from Jagargunda police station area of Sukma district while a team of security forces was carrying a search operation in the region,” a senior police official said. They were identified identified as Madvi Kosa (25), Uika Bheema (25), Podiyam Bheema (30) and Madkam Hurra (26), he said.
In another incident, acting on a tip-off, police arrested the Naxal couple identified as Manker Anchla alias Sandeep and his wife Kunti Usendi from the forests of Gumdi village under Kanker districts Lohattar police station limits, he said. During interrogation, the duo admitted to their involvement with the outlawed CPI (Maoist). They were active as members of Madanwada LOS (local organisation squad) in the neighbouring Rajnandgaon district, the officer added. They were allegedly involved in several Maoist incidents, including murdering villagers, attacks on police party, triggering blast, planting land-mines, he said, adding the duo was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh each.
Cases were pending against Sandeep at three police stations in Rajnandgaon district and therefore he was handed over to the districts police, the officer said. PTI TKP NRB ASV SRE
Four Maoists arrested in Bihar
Aurangabad, Jun 23 (PTI) Four Maoists, who were involved in a recent landmine blast here, were today arrested from different villages in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a police officer said. The arrested Maoists have been identified as Krishna Yadav, Indrajit Yadav, Guruji alias Rajbali Bhuia, Inder Yadav alias Maruti, Superintendent of Police Babu Ram said.
He said seven mobile phones, 400 metre wire, wire tester and pieces of cylinder were recovered from the possession of these ultras. They were involved in the landmine blast in Aurangabad district four days ago in which a CRPF CoBRA jawan was killed and two others sustained injuries while they were riding on a bike on way to their camp office following encounter with the Maoists, Ram said. The arrested ultras have confessed to their involvement in the landmine blast and some other incidents of naxal violence in the district, the SP said.
Top Officials To Take Stock Of Projects In Maoist-Hit States
NEW DELHI: Chief Secretaries of seven Maoist-affected states and Secretaries of key central ministries will meet in New Delhi to take stock of various development projects initiated in Maoist-hit areas. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will chair the review meeting on key development issues with Chief Secretaries of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra.
Secretaries of central ministries like Road Transport and Highways, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Health and Family Welfare, Railway and Information and Broadcasting, besides departments of Telecom, School Education and Literacy, Financial Services, Posts will attend the high-level meeting, an official spokesperson said.The central government has adopted a multi-pronged strategy which includes security-related interventions, development measures and ensuring rights and entitlement of local communities.
Special projects such as construction of roads, installation of mobile towers and construction of fortified police stations have been sanctioned by the central government. The development works are implemented through the states and relate to various schemes or programmes of the development ministries of the central government.
Jharkhand Maoists acquiring lethal M-16 rifles
Officials of National Investigation Agency (NIA), who are probing arms smuggling in north-eastern states, have come across evidence that suggests Maoists operating in Jharkhand have been supplied with sophisticated M-16 rifles. dna has learnt that officials of anti-terrorism squads (ATS) and special task forces (STF) from almost half-a-dozen states have been called for a meeting with NIA’s top brass which is to be held in the first week of July. The agenda of the meeting is to discuss the latest development and possibility of a joint force comprising NIA sleuths and officers of the state police with an expertise to counter multi-state arms smuggling.
Official sources said that the sophisticated weapons are sourced from Nagaland and get transported to the armed CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand by arm syndicates which are operational in multiple states. The agency, according to sources, is now in talks with ATS and STF of Nagaland, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to chalk out a strategy from stopping the highly-sophisticated weaponry from reaching cadres of CPI (Maoist) operating in Jharkhand. The development has raised concerns within state and central intelligence agencies officials as the American-made sophisticated weapon can seriously effect operations of the security forces posted in Jharkhand where they are fighting an ultra-left armed movement.
According to official sources, NIA sleuths have managed to identified individuals allegedly involved in the smuggling of M-16’s. The individuals, who are likely part of a single syndicate, belong to Punjab, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nagaland. The agency is likely to share the information on these individuals with the state police in the coming week. Sources further said that investigators have come across transactions of 30-40 lakh rupees made into accounts of certain individuals who were already in radar for their alleged illegal activities.
Official sources also said that Munger in Bihar, is somewhat becoming an important transit point owing to its existing illegal arms markets. Munger is also home to several freelancers known for servicing and repair of sophisticated weapons such as M-16’s. Agency is also looking at the possibility of the M-16’s in non-working condition being sent to Munger for servicing followed by its distribution in pockets where Maoists continue to operate.