BSF recovers five landmines in Koraput
Bhubaneswar: Five land mines with 50 metre wire were recovered by the Border Security Force (BSF) at Jeypore-Lamtaput road in Koraput district on Wednesday. The BSF recovered it near Gunji village during a search operation, said sources. Earlier on Tuesday, two landmines, 22 detonators and one country made rifle was seized by the BSF from under a bridge at Jeypore-Lamtaput road near Kadama village. Further on Monday, 22 detonators, 25 blasting gelatins and two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were seized by the BSF from the road of Landiguda and Dasmantpur in the district. Such finding throws light on the Maoist movement intensifying in the area. The rise in Maoist violence has been a concern for the people, administration and security forces. The State has demanded for more security forces to tackle the situation and better measures against the rebels are needed.
Cops gun down 1 Naxal in Gadchiroli encounter
Gadchiroli/Nagpur: A Naxalite was killed in the encounter between police and the left extremists that took place in Gadchiroli district on Wednesday morning. Cops of elite C-60 Squad were carrying out search operation in Narguda jungles of Etapalli Tehsil when they come under fire from Naxalites who were hiding in the dark woods. Police returned the fire in which one Naxal was killed but other extremists managed to flee. The encounter last for few minutes in which the C-60 jawans successfully eliminated one Naxal. Body of the gunned down outlaw has been recovered. A 12 bore rifle was found near the body.
Raipur: Three Naxals were on Tuesday killed in a gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.
The encounter took place after the forces launched an operation to capture a Maoist commander who was said to be in the area. “The operation was launched collectively by state’s District Reserve Group (DRG), CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and district force under Gadiras Police Station limits,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said. The exercise was carried out on the basis of information about presence of Bhime, a Maoist commander of Badesatti LOS (local organisation squad), in the area.
“We received inputs that Bhime was camping along with 15-20 armed cadres near Bandem since last night. We mobilised our composite force towards the region to nab him,” the officer said. When the security forces reached the forests of Badesatti village — a Maoist hotbed located around 450km from Raipur, armed insurgents opened indiscriminate fire on them, triggering a gun fight between the two sides, the SP said. “So far, bodies of three Maoists, besides tiffin bombs and other Naxal-related items, have been found,” he said. It was not known if Bhime was present at the encounter spot.
Further details will be known once the security personnel return to their camp, Elesela added.
Maoists change ‘strategy’ to regain strongholds in Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee areas
In a bid to win over the people in the Vishakhapatnam agency areas of north Andhra Pradesh, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres are now visiting the bordering areas of Vizianagaram and some parts of Srikakulam District in plainclothes and holding meetings on the State Government’s apathy towards the villagers’ problems related to land and local issues, reports The Times of India on June 28. Following severe loss of cadre and ammunition dumps, the Maoists are making their moves carefully. The Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) leaders’ recently held meeting with the East Division Maoists would also bring about a change in the attitude of the Maoists in Visakha Agency and East Godavari, sources said. “Locals are surprised to see naxals visiting their villages without wearing their usual olive green uniforms. A team of 4-5 naxals visit the villages first to ensure that combing parties are not in the vicinity and then the leaders arrive at the village to conduct meetings. This has been going along the bordering areas for the past few weeks,” said a senior Police officer on conditions of anonymity. Even their style of interacting with the people has changed and they are now mingling with the people in a friendly manner, he added.
Meanwhile, Srikakulam-Koraput division committee ‘deputy commander’ VR Chaitanya alias Aruna was spotted holding meetings with locals at the bordering villages of Kotia and Narayanpatna in Koraput District. According to the sources, the Maoists are now totally focused on organisational activity mainly educating the people on various issues to help raise their voice against government authorities and elected representatives. Srikakulam-Koraput division ‘commander’ Chamala Krishna Murthy alias Daya has also been busy near the bordering areas of Araku, the sources added.
Rourkela Police raid Maoist camp, arrest ultra
Bhubaneswar: The Rourkela Police on Wednesday nabbed a Maoist while recovering different items from a camp. Acting on intelligence reports about the presence of the extremists in Gurundia Forests near the Steel City, police raided a camp at Sola area in Gurundia Forest. They caught an ultra while seizing some booklets, live shells, uniforms and other objectionable items. It is still unknown as to what group the arrestee belonged, as cops have started his interrogation, police sources said.
Three Maoists held with AK-56 gun
Three Maoists were arrested with an AK-56 gun and 50 rounds of ammunition from a village under Saraiya police station area of Muzaffarpur district today, a police officer said. Acting on a tip off about gathering of some Maoists, police raided Gorigawan village and nabbed three ultras from the riverine area and seized an AK-56 gun, a magazine, 50 rounds of ammunition, besides a pair of uniform used by Maoists, Senior Superintendent of Police Vinay Kumar said. One of the arrested Maoists has been identified as Amit Sahni alias Kamleshji, a native of Saran district. Sahni, said to be a member a zonal commander of the CPI(Maoist) in Saran zone, was wanted in over a dozen cases of murder, loot and dacoity, the SSP added.
The identity of the other two was not yet to be ascertained.