Saturday, March 06, 2021

Naxals were trying to manufacture grenade launcher

Soumitra Bose | TNN | Mar 7, 2021, 05:52 IST

Nagpur: The arms manufacturing unit of the Naxals in the hilly terrain of the densely-forested Abhujmadh in Chhattisgarh, busted by the C-60 commandos on March 4, was in the process of preparing a grenade launcher which could have been a major threat to the security forces. 

Naxals’ politburo member Bhupathi alias Sonu too was present in the vicinity where the firing took place. Sources in the police department said the Naxals had continued to fire heavily, aiming at the C-60 commandos to shield their senior member.

Meanwhile, the injured C-60 jawan, who was brought from Gadchiroli to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute with a bullet wound, is said to be stable after reaching the city on Friday night. He got a surprise call from chief minister Uddhav Thackeray who waited for more than 24 hours to have a word with the injured C-60 commando. Thackeray, who lauded the efforts of the commandos, assured them of support from the government.

The arms factory, located around five kilometres away from the Maharashtra border inside Chhattisgarh, had several machines and tools which helped the Naxals’ expert teams to shape crude grenade launchers and other ammunition meant to be used in it.

DIG, Naxal range, Sandip Patil, who had supervised the 48-hour operation along with SP Ankit Goyal, said the Naxal literature had helped the police to know their strategy of manufacturing artillery to fight security forces. It was underlined once again by the latest discovery and seizure from the arms factory. “The Naxals may not be able to manufacture sophisticated weapons and ammunition but they were certainly in the process of preparing some local version of the under-barrel grenade launcher (UBGL),” he said.

Patil, who had provided food for the injured jawan from his residence, said the Naxals had least expected the C-60 commandos to reach the interiors of their territory

Maoists Step Up Low-Intensity Warfare Strategy With Pressure Bombs

Several killed and many injured when men in uniform fell to Naxal’s plot in Chhattisgarh.

Maoists Step Up Low-Intensity Warfare Strategy With Pressure Bombs
Head Constable Laxmikant Dwivedi of Chhattisgarh police stepped on a pressure IED and was killed on the spot.
  • CNN-NEWS18
  • UPDATED ON:MARCH 5, 2021, 19:55 IST

Head Constable Laxmikant Dwivedi of Chhattisgarh police had just finished lunch and took a few steps to reach the shade of a tree nearby. Unaware that his next step would be his last, Dwivedi stepped on a pressure IED and was killed on the spot. His entire body below the abdomen was ripped apart, one of his legs found on the top of the tree, at least 20 feet away from the ground.

And four hours before Dwivedi’s death, three constables from the Jharkhand police had met a similar fate. Head constables Hardwar Shah, Kiran Surin and Devendra Kumar were on area domination duty in the forests of Toklo in west Singhbhum district. One of them stepped on an IED accidentally, killing three and injuring at least four others. CRPF which was part of the joint operation with Jharkhand Jaguars said the IED was triggered by pressure of the human weight.

The Jharkahnd police’s preliminary investigation suggests involvement of locals in the incident. Officials in the Naxal-affected districts tell news18 that pressure bombs are not a new addition to the arsenal of CPI (Maoist) but their usage is part of a new strategy. “The pressure bombs earlier used one or two kgs of explosives, now 7-8kg is being used. The intention is to kill and not just deter forces from going inside Maoist strongholds,” Dr Abhishek Pallav, SP Dantewada told News18.

Officials said the number of pressure bombs being planted have also gone up. The strategy coincides with the start of the Tactical Counter Offensive (TCOC), which Maoists have announced from February till June. At least two officers, a CRPF Deputy Commandant and a COBRA Assistant Commandant were killed owing to the pressure bombs. Five such incidents involving pressure bombs have been reported since the start of TCOC maiming the State and central police officers.

“This is part of their low-intensity warfare strategy. Explosives are being procured easily from mines nearby. They use gelatin and daily use objects like pressure cookers or tiffin boxes to assemble the bomb,” an officer told news18.

He added that this strategy was working for Maoist since it involves low risk. “You don’t need cadre to join the wires or trigger a switch on spotting a convoy or patrol party. You just plant it and wait for someone to step in,” the officer explained. The Naxal strategy as per officials, now seems to be, to plant a IED in the open, where it is spotted easily, and plant a few others around this. Forces, who go to defuse the overt IED get injured or killed as the covert IEDs explode enroute. The bombs have an effect on the morale of the forces as they result in loss of limbs for those who are injured.


The DGP’s office in Jharkhand also confirmed the new strategy. “They are now avoiding battles or confrontations. IEDs, especially pressure bombs, do not need direct contact. So this helps to implement them in their new strategy,” a top officer in Jharkhand Police told News18.

As per CRPF dossier on January 19, 2021, after an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur, a tiffin bomb was recovered. In February, the same district saw Constable Prem Kumar Raut step on a booby trap injuring his left ankle. Spikes injured AC Ramesh Kumar in the same operation. CRPF officers say ever since Basav Raju took over as the general secretary of CPI Maoist, the group is innovating to inflict maximum damage to forces at minimum risk to themselves

Maoists kill man branding him as police informer in Andhra’s Vizag forests

Police said the victim had earlier worked as a member of Maoist militia and surrendered a couple of years ago.
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 02:58 PM IST

On Friday, Maoists killed two men after branding them as police informers when they had gone to a village in Bijapur from Dantewada.(File photo for representation)

Communist Party of India (Maoist) activists hacked to death a 35-year-old tribal suspecting him to be a police informer in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district late on Friday night, police said Saturday.

The incident happened at Kothapalem tribal village of Gudem Kotha Veedhi block on the Andhra-Odisha border. The deceased was identified as Korra Piluku, a Koya tribal farmer.

According to G K Veedhi police sub-inspector Pasupureddy Anish, a group of Maoists barged into the house of Piluku in Kothapalem and attacked him with lethal weapons in front of his wife and four children.

They told his family that he had been acting as an informer of the police, despite several warnings and so he had to be killed.

The police denied the allegations of the Maoists that Piluku was one of their informers. r. “In fact, he had earlier worked as a member of Maoist militia and surrendered to the police a couple of years ago. We do not know why the Maoists killed him,” Anish said

Friday, March 05, 2021

ITBP jawan killed in Maoist IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur

It was the second Maoist attack in the last two days in Chhattisgarh.
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 08:33 AM IST

An Assistant Commandant of CRPF’s CoBRA was killed and seven others were injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh(PTI file photo)

A police personnel was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district of Bastar region on Friday evening, police said.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel died after an IED planted by Maoist in the Kohkametta area exploded.

“The jawan Mangesh Ramteke who hailed from Nagpur died in an IED blast while retreating from road security operation near Kihkad village about 5 km from Kohkametta police station,” said Sunderaj P, inspector general of police (IGP), Bastar.

The IED was planted around 100m away from the road, IGP said.

On Thursday, a constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was killed in an IED blast, planted by Maoists in Dantewada.

Police said that the incident took place in the jungles of Pahurnar village under Geedam police station area where a team of security forces was providing security for construction work

Maoist attack averted in Telangana: CRPF apprehends 8 Naxal couriers; gelatin sticks, 350 detonators recovered

Hyderabad: In a major catch for the security agencies, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has apprehended eight people who were identified as ‘Naxal couriers’ in Telangana's Bhadradri Kothagudem district. The Naxal associates were caught when the CRPF men were checking the vehicles passing through the route. The CRPF troops recovered 350 electric detonators, nine liquid Gelatin sticks wires, motorcycle and cash were recovered from their possession.

"350 electric detonators, nine liquid gelatin stick wires, a motorcycle and cash were recovered from their possession," a CRPF official said.

The arrest of eight Naxal cadres comes a day after three Jharkhand Police personnel were killed as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in West Singhbum district in Jharkhand on March One CRPF jawan was also injured in the blast.

The "pressure IED blast" took place when CRPF 197 Battalion along with the Jharkhand Jaguar (AG 11) of the state police were patrolling near Hoyahatu village under Toklo police station area in West Singhbhum.



In another Left-wing related attack, a Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan was killed when a pressure improvised explosive device went off in Dantewada district. The IED was planted by the Naxals near Pahurnar village under Geedam police station area.

To tackle the Left-wing extremism menace, the then Jhrakhan government in 2008 had given its od for the formation of 20 Assault Groups (AGs) of Special Task Force (STF). The special force meant to eliminate extremist activities was later renamed as Jharkhand Jaguar (JJ).