Chhattisgarh: Naxal Attack in Dantewada Kills Jawan; 3 Injured
At least one security force personnel was killed and three other people were injured in a Naxal attack in the Maoist belt of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The attack reportedly took place in the Tumnar region of Dantewada. A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) personnel came under attack from Maoists who opened fire at him at the local bazaar, according to Hindustan Times. About six Naxals were involved in the attack dressed as local villagers, eyewitnesses told the newspaper. Three villagers were injured in the incident. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned Saturday’s Naxal attack.
‘Naxalite activities on the rise in Western Ghats region of Udupi’
T.V. Hegde, president of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said that naxalite activities were increasing in the villages on the Western Ghats in the border areas of Udupi district. Addressing presspersons here, he said naxalite activities had been reported from Hebri, Nadpal and Kabinale villages. A team of eight suspected naxalites headed by Mundagaru Lata was clandestinely visiting houses and demanding money upto Rs. 25,000 from big farmers in the villages in the Western Ghats.
The naxalites were taking advantage of the monsoon for their activities. “Hence, the police should increase their combing operations and curb their activities,” he said. Mr. Hegde said that after the mysterious death of a 17-year-old minor at Henberu village near Byndoor on June 17, parents were scared to send their girl children to high schools and colleges. Meanwhile, K. Annamalai, Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu that there had been a raid on a naxalite camp in Chikkamgaluru district last month.
After that there was a feeling that naxalites had dispersed and were roaming in the Western Ghats. The police had no information of their activities or operations in the district. “As far as we are concerned, there are no naxalite activities in the district. The Anti-Naxalite Force has increased its combing activities as it usually does during the monsoon,” he said. The Byndoor police station covered a lot of forest area and faced staff shortage. “We will increase the staff strength in Byndoor police station as soon as possible,” Mr. Annamalai said.