Four Maoists gunned down in Bastar
Four suspected members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in an encounter with the police in Maoist-insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh late night on Sunday.
The encounter took place on the main road near Tumnar village in Bijapur district.
“A police team led by Bijapur district Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohit Garg and a team of CRPF’s Special Action team were asked to cordon off all suspected access routes to Bijapur on the specific intelligence about the suspected movement of Maoists’ small action team comprising senior Maoist cadres. The team stopped an SUV which was moving without a number plate near ITI complex on Tumnar road late night on Sunday to check the people inside. But the people in the SUV quickly moved out of the vehicle and opened fire on the police team resulting in a bullet injury to sub-inspector Devendra Darro,” informed Bastar range Inspector General (G) of Police Mr.S.R.P.Kalluri in a statement.
The police team and the CRPF team also opened retaliatory fire. “Four dead bodies of Maoists, one 9 mm pistol, one 315 bore gun, one country made Bharmar gun, ten rounds of AK-47 and mobile phones were recovered from the vehicle after the encounter. A blood-stained T-shirt was also found from the spot of the encounter indicating a possibility of some more Maoists being injured or killed during the encounter,” added the IG.
The injured cop suffered a bullet injury in his left thigh and has been shifted to Jagdalpur district headquarters of Bastar for treatment.
Sunday night’s encounter was a rare encounter in Bastar as it is unusual for Maoists to travel in a vehicle from the main road. Three out of four dead Maoists were identified as Gangaloor Local Guerrilla Squad commander Ukesh, PLGA Military company no.2 commander Raju and Gangaloor Area Committee member of the CPI(Maoist) Sadru.
Second CoBRA jawan killed within a month in Jharkhand
RANCHI: A CoBRA jawan Ajay Kumar was killed in an encounter with Maoist guerrillas at Budha village under Baresand and Bhandaria police stations at the border of Latehar and Garhwa districts on Monday. The Jharkhand police lost second CoBRA jawan in Maoist attack within a month (on June 17 one CoBRA jawan was killed in Giridih). The incident marks fast growth in Maoist activities and power in the state after a lull of around one year.
Ajay with colleagues from CoBRA, CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar and policemen from two districts ventured into Budha village, a sparsely populated area at the foothills of Budha Pahar, well-known Maoist bastion, on Monday morning looking for Maoists who were hiding in the hills.
Latehar SP Anoop Birthary said at four places Maoists engaged different teams of security personnel in encounter. “The encounter saw heavy shelling from the Maoists. The security forces suitably retaliated forcing the Maoists to retreat,” SP said. Sources said firing continued for over four hours and the CoBRA jawan was hurt in the middle of the four-hour long gunbattle.
Maoists kill villager
MALKANGIRI : MAOISTS killed a man suspecting him of being a police informed at Tekguda village under Kalimela police limits on Saturday. A group of armed Maoist cadres reached Tekguda village on Saturday morning and asked Budra Hantal to come out of his house. They then took him to the outskirts of the village where they shot him from a point blank range, killing him on the spot. In a poster left behind at the spot, the Maoists claimed that he was a police informer. Kalimela IIC, Bamadeba Nanda said he is not aware of the incident.
Maoist poster found in Odisha
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) posters allegedly written by the Maobadi Lal Salam of Chhattisgarh were found in front of the Rengali panchayat (village level local self government institution) office in Khaparakhol block in Balangir District on July 8, reports The Pioneer. The poster criticised the action of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) Battalion. It also warned a few nearby villagers of dire consequences terming them as ‘Police informers’.