Friday, June 26, 2009

Security forces reclaim Kadasole in West Midnapore

Goaltore (PTI): Security forces on Friday reclaimed control of Kadasole village to the north of Lalgarh in West Midnapore district from Maoists during the second phase of operations against the naxals who set off two landmine blasts.

Led by CRPF, the troops including jungle warfare expert and personnel of the Indian Reserve Battalion and State Armed Police, who were helped by a helicopter, traded fire for 45 minutes with the Maoists who later fled the village, a senior CRPF officer told PTI.

"There was no casualty and no arrest," the officer said. "The operations for the day is over and Kadasole has been secured. The forces will be stationed here."

The security force launched the operations from Goaltore in the morning, five days after taking control of Lalgarh police station and faced no resistance till Pingboni three km away. The security forces then moved another four km to Kadasole, where they spotted a group of 15 armed Maoists.

The troops came under fire from the Maoists and retaliated with mortars, light machine guns and AK-47s.

The Maoists armed with .22 country-made guns kept firing at the security forces as they fled, he said. A helicopter also arrived and tried to spot the Maoists.

Maoists triggered a landmine blast near a forest at Kadasole, four kms from Pingboni. No one was injured in the explosion. Our main concern were landmines. There were two landmine explosions at Kadasole," the officer said.

Two other landmines, one an IED and another a sophisticated one, were defused near a bridge near Kadasole, he said.

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