Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Seized ammo meant for repeat of Jehanabad jail-break’

Amarnath Tewary | Patna

Seven Maoist guerrillas in uniform were killed in an encounter with police in Kistaram police station area of Dantewada district, about 500 km from Chhattisgarh capital Raipur on Tuesday, police said. This came on a day when the police in Bihar revealed that the Maoists were planning to attack the high security Beur jail in Patna and free some hard core ultras.

Acting on intelligence inputs, Dantewada police had fanned out in the region and encountered a group of well-armed Maoists. One police constable was injured in the incident.

Kistram is a remote area deep in the forest and the police forces rarely venture out there. “We have decided to go deep into the forest and inaccessible places and take on the Maoists, Dantewsada SP Amresh Mishra told The Pioneer on phone. The SP said it was not clear how many Naxals were involved in the operation.

“The police team was caught in an ambush by the Maoists”, Inspector General of Police RK Vij said. After the encounter, police recovered landmines, detonators, country-made pistols and two 303 rifles, he said.

Meanwhile, the police have revealed that the huge cache of explosives, arms and ammunition seized recently from Patna were meant for a repeat of the Jehanabad jail break incident to release their leaders like Ajay Kanu currently lodged in the Beur jail. They also said that a nearby police station at Gaurichak was also on the simultaneously strike range of the Maoists.

Sources said the Maoists had stacked up huge quantity of explosives, arms and ammunition in the Shaymali house of Omprakash Gupta in the Bahadurpur locality of the State capital which is close to the Beur jail and the Gaurichak police station.

Acting on an intelligence input, the police had seized about 900 kgs of explosives, chemicals and arms-ammunition within 24 hours from the State capital which had sent a shock wave in the State. The confiscated materials were enough to blow off the State capital, said a police official involved in the raid.

The Maoists had attacked Jehanabad jail on November 13, 2005 to release Ajay Kanu and some other Maoist leaders from the prison. Since then, Kanu was absconding but later he was arrested and sent to high-security Beur jail on the outskirts of the State capital.

It has also been learnt that the Maoists had planned to launch their strike either on the Jehanabad jail break anniversary on November 13 or November 17. Sources said the Maoists had even done a complete recce of their operation to attack the Beur jail.

The reports said the Maoist leaders have been found taking walk near the main gate of the jail till 10 pm whereas the prisoners are sent to their respective wards by 7 pm.

The Naxals reportedly have also planned to launch an attack on the nearby Gaurichak police station apparently to divert the attention of the police force on the strike day.

Meanwhile, alarmed with the explosive information, the administration shifted the off-route and ill-fortified Gaurichak police station to a concrete building of the local Public Health Centre on the main road of the area.

Though, the SSP, Patna said that the police station has been shifted as the decision was taken earlier for the same.

Recently, the Patna police had first seized 300 kgs of explosives with other chemicals from a Tata 407 parked on the old-bypass road of Kankerbagh and the very next day around 600 kgs of explosives along with sophisticated arms and ammunitions from a house of one Omprakash Gupta on Bhootnath road in Bahadurpur locality.

Both the places are close to the Beur jail. Police believe that the truck-load of explosives might be heading for the house of Gupta to stack up their arsenal.

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