In a significant catch for the Kanker police, as many as four Maoist (Naxals) involved in the detonation of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Tekarapara Pahadi area of Kanker on Thursday, December 14, 2023 in which a Border Security Force (BSF) official lost his life was arrested on Saturday morning, December 15, informed police.
According to the reports, all four accused were nabbed from the forest area of Partapur village of Kanker. The arrested accused were all active members of the Jan Militia of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Briefing about the arrest, Divyang Patel, Superintendent of Police (SP) Kanker said that, “the accused were member of the Jan Militia group and were working with the outlawed outfit for some time. During the course of interrogation, they have confessed about their involvement in the Partpur Sadaktola IED explosion. The accused have been identified as Jaggu Ram Aanchala, Arjun Potai, Dasrath Durga and Mukund Narwas, all residents of Partapur village of Kanker.”
*कांकेर IED ब्लास्ट में शामिल नक्सली गिरफ्तार*
Kanker Naxalites arrests* https://t.co/22rnbBDYUL
— Kanker police (@KankerPolice) December 16, 2023
It is worth mentioning here that the jawan belonging to the 47th battalion of BSF became victim of the IED explosion that was triggered by the extremists when they were out on an area dominating exercise near Partapur on Thursday, December 14 in which a Jawan sustained grave injuries.
The injured Jawan was immediately rushed to the health care facilities, where he succumbed to his injuries on Thursday afternoon. The deceased Jawan was identified as Akhilesh Rai, a resident of Gajipur district of Uttar Pradesh.
The development occurred a day after another Chhattisgarh Armed Force soldier, Kamlesh Sahu met with a similar fate after he sustained grave injuries in another IED blast detonated by the extremists near Aamdai mines region under Chotedongarpur police station limits of insurgency-hit Narayanpur.
It is pertinent to mention here that road opening parties of the security forces have been dispatched on a regular basis with a view to curbing the activities of the extremists in the regions inhabited by the locals. Often, these groups of personnel are confronted by the Maoists, who sometimes ambush them by surprise or trigger such IEDs explosions to harm them.