Two CRPF men injured in Naxal blast in Raipur
Naxals carried out two powerful blasts in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, injuring two CRPF personnel, on April 9. The blast comes a day before Lok Sabha polls in the area. According to preliminary information, a patrol squad of the force was on a operational task when two Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts occurred in the forests of Bijapur near Gangloor village. “The blasts were powerful and few personnel were feared to have been hit by shrapnels of the improvised bomb,” a senior official said.
Red Posters Call for Poll Boycott
Belying the claims of district police of being fully prepared to counter Red menace during the elections, Maoists on Tuesday pasted posters on Primary Ashram School building at Hakuspanga of Hanumantpur panchayat under Chandrapur block. The posters called upon the people to boycott the coming polls. Similar posters were also found in Kalyansingpur and Bisamkatack blocks of the district. In an audio tape released by the Maoists recently, the Maoists had declared to observe bandh on the polling day.
Naxal calm in Gadchiroli worries security forces more
GADCHIROLI: The prevailing calm in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli has worried cops more than cause them any relief. Three helicopters, including one from Indian Air force (IAF), have been stationed in the district for polling duties and other emergencies. Naxals have always been opposed to elections as they believe this model of democracy to be anti-people. However, the absence of any concrete information regarding their movements to enforce the boycott of April 10 polling has left the cops speculating about the rebels’ intentions. District police, who have already been supplemented with substantial paramilitary forces, are planning operations into remote forest zones.
Co-ordination with Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh state police forces is also underway, it is learnt. The Naxalites, after remaining calm during the last few weeks, resurfaced on Monday and murdered a civilian in Kothi near Bhamragarh in south Gadchiroli. Within a few kilometers from this place a state transport bus was also charred in an unexplained fire. Though police denied Naxal hand behind the incident, sources claimed it could be their handiwork. Some days ago, Gondia police had recovered at Darekasa a Naxal banner appealing to the people to boycott polls in Gadchiroli. Though not in considerable number, Naxal posters and pamphlets opposing elections have been recovered in Gadchiroli too during last one month from Dhanora tehsil.