Chhattisgarh: A woman Maoist cadre of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army, armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party of India, has been neutralised following an exchange of fire between the security forces and the Maoist in Kanker of Chhattisgarh.
The encounter occurred when personnel from District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Border Security Force (BSF) were out on a search operation following specific intel about the presence of around 20-25 armed cadre of the outlawed Maoist outfit near the Binagunda forest area under Chotebethiya police station limits on June 12.
As per the reports, the encounter broke out at around 7 am in the morning, following which the body of a female Maoist in uniform, along with a 303 rifle, has been recovered from the spot. It’s been learnt that the police are still trying to ascertain the identity of the deceased Maoist.
Confirming about the incident, IG Bastar Range Sundarraj P said that “The operation was launched on June 11 based on inputs about the presence of around 20-25 Maoists belonging to the Rajnandgaon-Kanker Border division (RKB) of CPI Maoist. A joint team of personnel from the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the 132nd Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) were involved in the operation.”
It is to be noted that the encounter occurred days after the armed cadres of the proscribed Maoist outfit barged into the construction site near Sitram village under Chotte Bettiah police station limits of Pankhajur region of Kanker and set ablaze at least seven vehicles parked at the construction site.
It’s been reported that a road construction work was being completed between Rajmunda to Kopengunda, and the vehicles engaged in the construction work were parked near the Sitram village when Maoist torched a total of 7 vehicles, including two trucks, a poclain machine, a water tanker vehicle along with a road roller. It was learnt that the vehicles torched by the Maoist were only stationed near the site as the construction work had already been completed.
Three Maoist couriers held in Dantewada
In other news, as many as three suppliers of the outlawed CPI Maoist have been nabbed by the Dantewada police during a vehicle checking exercise near Gidam-Bijapur NH on June 12.
As per the reports, the accused were on their way to deliver a motorcycle along with some other material of daily use to Mallesh, commander of the battalion no 16 of the Indravati Division Committee of the outlawed CPI Maoist.
The arrested couriers have been identified as Balram Dhano, a resident of Dharamgarh, Shubham Dixit, a resident of Bhairamgarh and Vicky Goel, a resident of Gidam of Bijapur. Upon enquiring, the accused revealed that the Maoist commander had asked them to deliver a motorcycle along with some other materials for which they had also been provided an advance.
The police also recovered as many as 50 notes of Rs 2000 from the possession of the accused, along with a motorcycle and some other materials of daily use. It’s been reported that an FIR pertaining to the incident has been filed, following which the accused were paraded before the magistrate, from where they have been taken on remand.
Let us tell you that the tribal heartland of India has long been a victim of violence unleashed by the Left Wing Extremists, and many districts of the State, including Bastar, Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur and Kanker, are considered to be the stronghold of the proscribed CPI Maoist.