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).

Amid four exchanges of fire, Gadchiroli police bust Maoist arms unit

The arms unit operation was carried out by a group of three C60 parties led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Aheri) Somay Munde.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Gadchiroli range) Sandip Patil told The Indian Express, "We had planned an operation on Wednesday against the tactical counter-offensive campaign (TCOC) of the Naxalites that began on March 1."

A Maharashtra Police officer was injured in a Naxalite ambush close to the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border on Thursday. The police were on their way back after destroying an arms repair unit of the Naxalites.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Gadchiroli range) Sandip Patil told The Indian Express, “We had planned an operation on Wednesday against the tactical counter-offensive campaign (TCOC) of the Naxalites that began on March 1. Over the last three days, four exchanges of fire happened with the Naxalites. Our men destroyed a gun repair unit of the Naxalites in Kodur forest across the border in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday after an exchange of fire with them, while one of our men was injured in the leg in a Naxal ambush on the way back on Thursday.”


Patil added, “The operation was launched under the leadership of Additional Superintendent of Police (Aheri) Somay Munde. Eight of our C60 commando parties comprising 250 men were involved. On Wednesday, they entered Kodur area and engaged a Naxal group in action near Kukameta village. Exchange of fire went on for 25 minutes, with Naxals running away. Our men found the gun unit in the area having two lathe machines and destroyed it.”

The arms unit operation was carried out by a group of three C60 parties led by Munde. The injured policeman was identified as Mohan Usendi.


Two more encounters followed around 4 and 6 pm in Kodur forest, in which a policeman was shot in the leg. On Friday, there was another encounter at 10.30 am between Naxalites and the party led by Munde. “But the Naxals fled, with police dominating in the fire,” Patil said.

“The parties have now returned to Maharashtra side and are on their way back. We will get details after they reach Kothi police outpost in Bhamragarh tahsil.”


While the ambush occurred near the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, sources said that Maharashtra Police asked teams of Chhattisgarh Police to be on standby during the day.

Chhattisgarh Police officials later said that an Air Force chopper was to be routed through Chhattisgarh, but the plan was changed. Senior police officials said that border areas have been alerted.

Naxals carry out TCOC annually from March to May.

(With inputs from ENS Raip

3 Jharkhand Jaguar force jawans killed in Maoist landmine blast

Two of the three killed jawans have been identified as constable Haridwar Shah (Palamu) and constable Kiran Surin (Simdega).
By Debashish Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:28 PM IST

As per sources, the landmines blasts were triggered by the Maoists when a joint team of district police, CRPF and JJ were on a search operation early this morning in and around Langi hills,

Three jawans of Jharkhand Jaguar (JJ) Special Assault Group-11, a special unit of the state police department, were killed and four others were injured in a landmine blast by the banned CPI (Maoist) in Langi jungle atop Langi hills under Toklo police station (PS) in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand early Thursday morning, said police. The encounter with the Maoists is still underway, it added.

"Three JJ AG-11 jawans have died while two others have been seriously injured in IED blasts triggered by Maoist in Langi jungle under Toklo PS in West Singhbhum district this morning. Two other jawans have also sustained minor splinter injuries and have been shifted to Chakradharpur hospital while two seriously injured jawans have been airlifted to Medica Hospital in Ranchi. Encounter with the Maoists is currently on," said Niraj Sinha, Jharkhand director general of police (DGP).

As per sources, the landmines blasts were triggered by the Maoists when a joint team of district police, CRPF and JJ were on a search operation early this morning in and around Langi hills, the site of four encounters in three days between security forces and the Maoists last month

Elite commando injured in landmine blast by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

On February 23, a Maoist camp was destroyed and an ambush against security forces was foiled by police in Gadchiroli district.
By Pradip Maitra | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Nagpur
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:15 PM IST

An encounter between Maoists and the elite security force was underway, reports said. File Photo/Representational(HT Photo)

A commando of Maharashtra's elite C-60 anti-Maoist squad was injured in an encounter with the armed insurgents near Bhamragarh in south Gadchiroli, bordering Chhattisgarh, some 350 kms from Nagpur on Friday, said officials.

The encounter took place when a C-60 battalion was patrolling in the jungle of Koparshi under Bhamragarh tehsil early this morning. The Maoists, who were camping there for a meeting, triggered a landmine explosion, in which at least one commando was injured, as per reports.

A fierce battle was taking place between the rebels and the elite security squad in the area. The district police headquarters has sent a helicopter to bring the injured commando for treatment, along with additional personnel with arms and ammunition. Besides, a large number of paramilitary forces, along with state police, were sent to the spot to help the C-60 squad, reports said.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Gadchiroli range, Sandeep Patil said that the commandos successfully destroyed a mini arms and ammunition factory near the blast site. “The operation in the area to flush out Maoists is still on-going,” he said and suspected some casualties on the side of militants

Jharkhand: Maoists set off mine, kill 3 cops sent for combing ops

The incident took place at 8.45 am at the foothills of Lanji Pahar – an area under the Toklo police station of Chakradharpur block -- when personnel of CRPF’s 197 Battalion and Jharkhand Jaguar’s Assault 11 were on their way to reinforce an ongoing combing operation.

Chhattisgarh: CoBRA officer injured in IED blast in Sukma
Police said Maoists targeted the jawans and detonated the Claymore mine planted at the foothills of Lanji Pahar. (Representational image)

Three constables of the State Jaguar Police, a task force to deal with Left Wing Extremism, were killed and two others injured in a Claymore mine explosion triggered by Maoists Thursday in the Chaibasa area of West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, police said.

The incident took place at 8.45 am at the foothills of Lanji Pahar – an area under the Toklo police station of Chakradharpur block — when personnel of CRPF’s 197 Battalion and Jharkhand Jaguar’s Assault 11 were on their way to reinforce an ongoing combing operation.


Police said Maoists targeted the jawans and detonated the Claymore mine planted at the foothills of Lanji Pahar.

Jharkhand DGP Niraj Sinha said: “A combing operation was ongoing, additional force was going to supplement them and three jawans who died were part of it. Two of them died at the spot and another died while he was being carried to the hospital

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

5 Naxalites held with arms in Jharkhand

Chatra (Jharkhand), Mar 2 (PTI) The police on Tuesday arrested five Naxalites of two outfits from Chatra district of Jharkhand and seized arms and ammunition from them, an officer said.

They used to extort contractors and businessmen, Sub- Divisional Police Officer of Chatra Avinash Kumar said.

Of the arrested five, three are members of the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TSPC) while the two others belong to the People''s Liberation Front of India (PLFI).

Two American made pistols, a .303 rifle looted from the police, three other pistols and 32 cartridges were seized from their possession, Kumar said.

The police also confiscated six mobile phones, 16 SIM cards, three motorbikes and other articles from them. PTI IKD NN NN

Telangana: Five CPI (Maoist) members surrender before police


Hyderabad: Five members of CPI (Maoist) surrendered before police in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district in Telangana on Tuesday, police said.

Maoist sub-zonal commander surrenders in Gaya

TNN | Updated: Mar 2, 2021, 09:27 IST
Representative image

GAYA: An active sub-zonal commander of the Maoists, Sanjay Singh Bhokta alias Rakesh (30), surrendered before senior police and the administrative officials at the CRPF headquarters in Gaya on Monday.

Rakesh was active in Maoists’ organization in Chhakarbandha area of Bankebazar area of the district for the last five years. He has been made named accused in at least five cases lodged with different police stations in Gaya and 


 districts. He is also an accused in the killing of chowkidar of Amas police station in 2018, 

IED blast

 at Pachrukhiya under the Madanpur police station area of 

Aurangabad district

 in 2019 in which a CRPF SI was killed.

During interaction with the mediapersons after his surrender, Rakesh said, “After joining the Maoist organization, my life was under constant threat and problems for my 

family members

 had increased manifold. I was also a victim of misbehaviour in the organization. However, I was promised a house. But nothing came true. Hence I decided to abandon the organization and contacted the security personnel with a request for safe exit.”

CRPF director general (DG) Hemant Priyadarshi, who was present in Gaya during Rakesh’s surrender said, “All help as per the rehabilitation policy of state government would be provided to Rakesh and his family. Regarding the charges levelled against him in the cases lodged, a transparent trial and investigation would be conducted to ensure justice to him.”

On this occasion, Magadh range IG Amit Lodha, CRPF Patna range DIG Sanjay Kumar, CRPF 159 batallion commandant Nishit Kumar, COBRA 205 battalion commandant Dilip Srivastava, Gaya DM Abhishek Singh, SSP Aditya Kumar besides other police and administrative officials were also present.

It is worth mentioning here that security personnel had recovered 83 IEDs planted under the ‘kuchcha road’ in Chhakarbandha area on Saturday