Maoists kill three villagers in Chhattisgarh
Two villagers, who were abducted from a village in Kondagaon District, were allegedly killed by Maoists after holding a ‘Jan Adalat’ (kangaroo court), another was killed in Kanker District. “The victims, identified as Budhru and Manku, tribals from Kudur village under Mardapal police station limits, were brutally beaten to death,” Kondagaon Superintendent of Police (SP) JS Watti said. As per preliminary information, three villagers from Kudur area were abducted by Maoists on April 4, and two others picked up on April 5. Subsequently, the Maoists held a ‘Jan Adalat’ around 15 kilometres from Kudur in Tilam-Becha area, which falls in Narayanpur District, the SP said. “The Naxals [Left-Wing Extremists, LWEs] executed two villagers and released three,” he said. Becha area is said to be the strong base of the Maoists, which lies on the tri-junction of Bastar-Kondagaon-Narayanpur Districts around 400 kilometres away from Raipur.
Meanwhile, four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by Maoists to target Security Force (SF) personnel were recovered by SFs in Kanker District on April 6, reports The Hindu. A joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and District Force recovered the explosives during a search operation in the forests of Bande Police Station area, Pakhanjore Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Jai Prakash Badhai said. While the SFs were cordoning-off Korenar village forests, they spotted an electric wire connection and subsequently found the IEDs, kept in different objects under the ground, Badhai said. “Two IEDs were kept in a pressure cooker and as many others were in form of pipe bombs. Of them, a pressure cooker bomb weighed 5 kg and others were of low intensity,” he said. According to a BSF official, the pipe bombs were connected to a wireless ‘walkie-talkie’ in a manner that if the wireless set receives a call, the bomb detonator catches the signal too and the IED explodes. The explosives were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad of BSF and Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CTJW) college, Kanker.