Police Sub-Inspector injured in Naxal fire in Chhattisgarh
Rajnandgaon: A police official was on Monday injured in a gun-battle between security personnel and Naxals in dense forests in this district of Chhattisgarh. The exchange of fire took place under Bakarkatta police station limits this evening when security personnel were carrying out a search operation based on inputs, a senior police official said. While were cordoning off the Daniyakona-Gerukhadan-Devracha tri-junction, the security personnel spotted a Naxal camp and started encircling it. Sensing the presence of the security personnel, the rebels opened indiscriminate fire, leaving a Sub-Inspector rank official, Santram Soni, injured, he said.
Jawans launched a retaliatory attack, forcing the Maoists to flee, he added. “Soni sustained splinter injury on his chest and was referred to a hospital in Bhilai after preliminary treatment at a local hospital,” he said, adding his condition was said to be stable. A large cache of Naxal-related material was recovered from the spot, he said. Reinforcement of security men was rushed to the spot soon after being informed about the gun-battle and a combing operation was underway in the region to apprehend the ultras, the officail added.
Encounter between Maoists and security personnel in Jharkhand
MEDININAGAR: An encounter between security personnel and Maoists was going on in the bordering area of naxal-affected Palamau and Latehar districts of Jharkhand, a senior police officer said. Palamau superintendent of police, Mayur Patel, told PTI that cross-firing from both sides was on during the encounter which began at around 6.00 am today. The area where the encounter was on is under Panki police station bordering adjoining Latehar district. Meanwhile, a report from Khunti district said three Maoists were arrested in a raid yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off that a Maoist squad was active near Sosoguti dam under Arki police station limit, a police team led by the Additional Superintendent of Police P R Mishra and Sub-Divisional Police Officer Deepak Sharma rushed to the spot and conducted the raid.
On the run, Maoists regroup near AP border
KORAPUT: Cornered in Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and Laxmipur blocks, Maoists are now reportedly trying to build their base in Pottangi, which shares boundary with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, in Koraput district. “Given the geographical location of Pottangi, which is close to Andhra Pradesh and Malkangiri district, and is filled with dense forests and hills, the Maoists find it a safe place to reorganise their outfit. They have already started their operating in six panchayats of Pottangi,” a source said.
In their attempt to make their presence felt, the Maoists murdered a gram rakhi accusing him of being a police informer at Peteru village on Friday night. This is the fourth murder by Red rebels in less than one year under Pottangi police limits. On June 12, 2014, the Maoists abducted brother of present sarpanch and a former sarpanch of Tolo Goluru and killed them on charges of being police informers. This the rebels followed up by gunning down a Congress leader of Sunki on similar charges on September 26, 2014. Also, they blew up a guest house belonging to a private company at Pedapadu on November 14, 2014. According to sources, the Maoists have spread their tentacles in Sunki, Ampabali, Tolo Goloru, Pateru, Ralegada and Chandaka panchayats of Pottangi blocks taking advantage of no permanent security camps of paramilitary forces in Pottangi.