Friday, December 11, 2009

Cops bust Maoist camp, 1 killed

TNN 11 December 2009, 10:22pm IST

RANCHI: In a major anti-Naxalite operation, police busted a rebel camp, reportedly killing a Maoist and injuring three others. The incident occurred
at Anteorda village at the tri-junction of Ranchi, Seraikela and West Singhbhum districts on Friday morning.

Acting on a tip-off about the movement of rebels in and around the area, police launched a well-coordinated operation with paramilitary forces and even an Indian Air Force helicopter was pressed into service for the first time in the state during the venture

Four district police teams moved in from different directions under the leadership of additional superintendent of police Apoorva and Bundu DSP Anand Joseph Tigga. A special operations group (SOG) of CRPF's 133 Battalion and Jharkhand Jaguar were constituted with three reinforcement teams, including 133-F Battalion of CRPF.

Police launched the operation in the jungles around 7 am and armed security forces had to travel around 10 kilometre on foot to reach the place where the Maoist camp was set up.

On seeing the movement of security forces, Maoists fired and the ensuing encounter continued for about two hours. Maoists were holed up on a hillock when the forces surrounded it.

"Police fired around 500 rounds, used four high explosives, 14 hand grenades in which one Maoist was killed while three were reportedly injured and the camp was busted by police," Ranchi SSP Praveen Kumar.

"Around 70 Maoists took advantage of the low visibility and managed to flee through a small stream. But local people confirmed that Maoists were spotted taking their injured counterparts with them," he added.

"Police recovered two single-barrel guns, one double-barrel gun, 200 kg ammonium nitrate, 200 kg semi-liquid explosive gel, two landmines weighing 30 kg, 200 detonators, 50 metre codex wire, 100 Duracell batteries, 25 camera flashes," said Kumar.

Among other things recovered by police were several kilo foodgrain meant for nearly 70 people, cooked food, 15 rucksacks of medicines for cerebral malaria, first aid kits and 200 soap cases to be used for making country-made bombs and two large barbed wire cutters.

"The IAF helicopter was largely used during a recce mission to guide the movement of securitymen through the thick jungle," said Kumar, adding that a company of security forces will move into the jungle on Saturday morning.

"Looking at the recoveries, it appears that Maoists were planning a major attack during the ongoing election or attack police pickets or a camp of security forces," he added.

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