It was sheer luck that a squad of security forces on Wednesday afternoon survived a deadly Naxal ambush in restive Bijapur district, when they reached to defuse a cache of nearly 20 'tiffin bombs' supposedly planted by the rebels on a forested interior road. The tip-off, however, turned out to be a mere 'hoax' because the tiffin boxes were filled with sand and nuggets. The spot is situated 8 kilometers away from Bijapur district head quarters and some 490 kilometers from the State Capital Raipur.
Six Naxalites were held during last 24 hours in Jagdalpur and Bijapuur district. The three Naxals were apprehended from Bhairamgarh of Bijapur district on Tuesday evening while the joint team of District Police and STF succeeded in apprehending three more Naxals from Bade Shetti village under Gadiram police station of Sukma district on Wednesday.
Three Gram Suraaj Abhiyaan (GSA) officials, including a BJP District Vice-President died on the spot while one was badly injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling was destroyed in Naxals' powerful landmine blast at Pegdapalli situated few kilometres from Bholapattnam area on Friday afternoon. The spot is located around 5kms from Madded. While the trio died on the spot, another GSA official, Abhishek Thakur sustained critical injuries.
Joint team comprising of security personnel from 85th Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Force recovered three Tiffin Bombs weighing 10 kilograms each from Manjharpara village under Gangaloor police station in Bijapur district headquarters. The recovery of explosives by the security forces foiled the bid by Naxalites to kill hundreds of tribals together who were abouit to visit and enjoy the traditional fair on Tuesday.
In the decade-long Left-wing insurgency in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal stronghold of Bastar, what has gone unnoticed was the red-saffron conflict that has so far claimed lives of over two dozen Sangh members.
The rebels had begun targeting the Sangh in the Red zone of Bastar in 2000 by forcing the closure of RSS-run eakal vidyalayas (one-teacher schools) in the remote tribal villages in the region, one after another. Many Sangh members, who defied the Naxal dictates, were produced before the kangaroo courts and then brutally executed.
In the forests of central India, Maoist rebels called Naxalites are fighting government forces to control great swaths of the interior. People living in dozens of tribal villages are caught up in the conflict, unable to reach the Ministry of Health’s clinics in Chhattisgarh state. Dr. Rebecca Cuthbert describes how Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) takes the clinics to them.
Six Maoist rebels were arrested Monday in Chhattisgarh's violence-hit Bastar region, police said.
The arrests were made from a thickly forested area of Awapalli in Bijapur district, some 500 km south of Raipur.
Officials at police headquarters here said that a contingent of District Force (DF) tracked down the six Maoists in a well coordinated operation that ended late Monday evening. The arrested Maoists had been involved in several attacks on police and civilians in Bijapur district since June 2005.