Police recover three firearms from Ghatshila
Jamshedpur, March 17: In major development, the police and paramilitary forces,including the CRPF, recovered three firearms from Makuli village under Ghatshila police station area bordering West Bengal on Wednesday evening. East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T Mathew said that acting on a tip-off that a squad of the Naxal leader Rahul was at Makuli village, a police and CRPF team rushed to the spot. During inquiry, they found the firearms, including two guns and a pistol, from a bush.
The SSP said the seized firearms were country-made and it is suspected that they were hidden there by the CPI-Maoist rebels. According to information, the police administration here is focusing on Ghatshila sub-division to curb the Naxal menace. A senior police officer said that a meeting was called recently to review security arrangements in the subdivision. The senior cops gave important tips on the security and discuss on the situation at bordering areas with West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
Sources informed that the ultras belonging to the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) have been active in the Ghatshila sub-division that comprises of areas like Dumaria, Musaboni, Chakulia, Bahragora and Ghatshila. They further said that the police have decided to ensure strict vigil and deploy additional security forces in the fringe areas. “Security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxalites. The plan is to keep a tab on the camps being operated by ultras,” said another official.
According to information the meeting, besides taking up other issues, resolved to increase ‘joint operation’ with the neighbouring states in all the Naxal-infested blocks of the three districts that are attached to bordering states of West Bengal and Odisha.
Two CRPF jawans injured
Raipur, Mar 18 (PTI) Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were injured today in separate incidents in Chhattisgarh’s naxal-hit Dantewada district, police said. A CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) jawan was injured when a pressure bomb, laid by Naxals, blasted in Badegurra forests of Kuwakonda police station limits early this morning, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap, told PTI. A composite squad of CRPF, its elite unit CoBRA and district forces were patrolling inside the forests of Kuwakonda.
As soon as they reached Badegurra, a jawan stepped over a pressure IED connection, triggering the blast, the SP said. He belonged to CoBRA’s 206th battalion. In another incident, a CRPF jawan sustained injuries after he was shot with an arrow by Naxals in Chikpal forest under Katekalyan police station limits late last night, the SP said. A joint team of CRPF, Special Task Force (STF) and district force had launched an anti-naxal operation in the Katekalyan region, located around 450 kms away from here, during which they unearthed a 5 kg IED planted by Naxals. On their way back, a jawan was hit by an arrow shot by a group of Naxals who fled into the forests when security forces launched retaliatory attack, he said, adding, the two jawans were rushed to Dantewada for treatment, he added.
Capital cuffs for rebel aide – Trusted courier held with extortion cash
Ranchi, March 17: An educated courier of dreaded CPI(Maoist) Bada Vikas, who attained national notoriety in 2013 as one of the brains of the belly-bomb trap, was arrested in Rock Garden, Kanke Road, minutes after he had extorted Rs 17 lakh on behalf of his boss from a businessman last evening. Devendra Kujur (32), among Bada Vikas’s most trusted men, was picked up by Ranchi police with his aide Bhavani Oraon around 5.30pm on Wednesday. The cash collected, Rs 17 lakh, was found in his i10 (registration No. JH01Z0291). Police kept the twin arrests, the result of intelligence inputs from special branch, under wraps till today, when they announced at a news conference at the Ranchi SSP office, district collectorate, in Kutchery.
Revealing that the businessman had managed to escape, they said the man had brought along dry fruits worth Rs 17,000, expensive branded clothes and shoes as gifts for Maoist Vikas and his family, which the police seized, along with two backpacks, cartridge holders, Naxalite literature and the hatchback that Devendra had been using. “Devendra arranges logistics support for Bada Vikas, right from collecting and dispatching extortion money to arranging food and medicines,” Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi told the media on Thursday. “We are trying to trace the businessman,” he added but declined to give details.
Son of retired parents in Latehar – his father was a BDO and mother a teacher – Devendra, a postgraduate in political science from Ranchi University, also had a doctor brother in RIMS, who is no more. He nourishes political ambitions, having unsuccessfully contested Latehar zilla parishad elections recently.