Ahead of the first phase of election in 70 Assembly seats and 10 Lok Sabha seats in Naxal-dominated districts of Orissa, security forces achieved a major success when they busted a Maoist camp operating in the Chhattisgarh forests on the state border.
The operation was initiated from Nawrangpur district side of Orissa two days ago.
Senior police officials said around 50 Maoists of Mainpur division and Nuapada division were camping at the forests in Raigarh area of Chhattisgarh when the Border Security Force and District Voluntary Force and Special Operation Group of Nabarangpur district police attacked the camp.
The joint team seized 8 landmines, three SBML guns, one 8mm pistol, 70 detonators, seven bundles of wire, a solar panel, five kilogrammes of gun-powder, Maoist uniforms and literature from the camp.
Acting on a tip-off, the security personnel tracked the Maoist camp, but soon came under attack from the rebels. The security forces fired in retaliation, but the Naxals managed to escape. There was no report of any casualty from the Maoist side.
Meanwhile, in Sorada area of Ganjam, police arrested 4 persons who were allegedly supplying provisions to the Maoists.
In Koraput district’s Boipariguda block, the Maoists, in a message through posters, have asked locals to boycott polling on April 10 and accused all political parties of being anti-poor. The posters also asked the people not to let politicians enter villages for campaigning.
According to the police, the Maoist central committee has asked its cadres of Jharkhand to plan a major attack on security personnel.
Inspector General of Police(Anti-Naxal operations) Soumendra Priyadarshi said the encounters showed police was succeeding in engaging the Maoists. “The Maoists strategy is to avoid any encounter or exchange of fire with cops. They would rather want to surprise us. After their failure in 2013 Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, they have taken a conscious decision to thwart the election process.”
To avoid any Darbha-type incident, police would now issue district-specific and area-specific guidelines for candidates during campaigning in Maoist-hit districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Nawrangpur, Kandhamal, Ganjam and Gajapati. “If someone wants to go to a place like Narayanpatna with just a PSO, we would strongly advise against it,” said a senior police official of Koraput district.
4 Maoist leaders nabbed in Bihar
PATNA: The Special Task Force of the Bihar Police arrested four Maoist commanders in Muzaffarpur district. IGP (Operations) Amit Kumar said the four were allegedly involved in various incidents of violence, including a murder in North Bihar and cases of extortion and arson. They were nabbed from Gandakdiara (Riverine area). One of the Maoists, Rohit, is the son of jailed Maoist leader Musafir Sahni. Kumar said, “The Maoists had organised a ‘Shahidi Mela’ (Martyrs’ fair) at Suhasa and Suhasi villages on Friday. Our men infiltrated it, cornered the suspects and brought them to Patna.” PTI