With 16 alleged Maoists killed in the past week, including seven in an encounter in Bastar district last Saturday, the state police has ramped up operations in the monsoon, usually considered difficult because of the terrain.
The exchange of fire began around 8 am in the jungles between Sherpar and Sitagota area near the Maharashtra border. According to police, a cache of arms and ammunition, including an AK 47, has been recovered from the spot.
Details of the terms of reference for the proposed commission are not known yet. However, the following are some prominent cases of accusations and arrests made by the Chhattisgarh Police in the past few years.
A Police official said Tuesday's incident was the first attack on villagers in Gadchiroli district after Maoist Nambala Keshav Tao alias Basavraju took over from Ganapathy, a top leader of the Naxal movement.
Bastar, Jan 16 (ANI): Around 30 Maoists surrendered before police in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Surrendered Maoists were residents of Mundagarh, Kaknar, Burgum, Chandela, Mardum and Lohandiguda villages. The Maoists were booked for various cases including murder, shooting at police officials, bomb blasts and vandalizing government buildings. They decided to give up arms after getting affected by the ongoing encounters and the government’s rehabilitation policy. Meanwhile, in Bijapur district of the state, four bodies of Maoists - including a woman - were recovered after a successful operation against the rebels. The Maoists were killed in an encounter with personnel of District Reserve Guard (DRG). The police also recovered country made grenades and other equipments used by the Maoists.
Chatra, Jan 12 (ANI): The Jharkhand Police arrested four Maoists with cash, arms and ammunition during raids conducted in Chatra district. Acting on a tip-off, the police conducted raids at several places in Chatra district and arrested four people associated with a Maoist splinter group from two spots and recovered rupees 15 million in cash. Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Upendra Kumar, said three rebels were arrested from a hideout while another was nabbed from a different location. The police also seized huge cache of arms and ammunition from the ultras. Kumar added that the recovered money was collected in form of levy from shopkeepers, contractors and businessmen. Further investigation is underway to ascertain the facts.