Strengthening the base of peaceful development in Naxal-violence affected areas, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Tuesday inaugurated and laid foundation of about 851 development works around Rs 191.65 crores during his day-long visit to two Naxal-affected districts of Chhattisgarh namely Bijapur and Narainpur, which include 94 development worth Rs 80.95 crore in Bijapur and 757 development works worth Rs 111 crore in Narainpur district.
State Government have approved Rs 8.47 crores for construction of buildings for five government polytechnic colleges of state. Technical Education Minister Ramvichaar Netam informed today that these polytechnic colleges are situated in District Headquarters Baikunthpur of Koriya, District Headquarters Jashpur, Narainpur, Bijapur and North Bastar (Kanker).
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh addressed the massive public gathering organized in Tehsil Headquarters Bhopalpatnam of leftist insurgency-affected Bijapur district, situated roughly 525 km away from capital city Raipur. In his address, Chief Minister said that State Government's schemes are made for the welfare of every family in state. State Government believes that development of every individual is the key to overall progress of state. Positive effects of these schemes are much visible in form of development in areas of Bijapur.
In biggest ever strike by a joint team of security forces, at least 15 Maoist guerrillas in uniform, were killed after a fierce gunfight in the dense jungles of restive Sukma District, in the wee hours of Tuesday. However, there was no report of police casualty, till the reports last came in. Post the gunfight, the joint team of security forces comprising commandos from Andhra Pradesh's anti-Maoist Grey Hound, troopers from 217 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District Force of Bijapur and Sukma districts, recovered nine out of 15 bodies, including five women and four men.
A joint team of District Force (DF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Task Force (STF) recovered a Naxal dump in the forest of Munga during routine searching in Gangaloor area on Saturday while destroyed a naxal monument in Pedakorma village the next day. The dump was containing 250 kilograms of gelatin, ammonium nitrate, urea, cords, wires and other explosive materials. The anti-bomb squads defused the explosives on the spot.
In one of the major hauls, a joint strike-force team of District Force, Central Reserve Police Force (STF) recovered about 90 kilograms of explosives and other materials during raid on three hutments serving as a collective 'Maoists camp' in restive Bijapur district on Thursday. Post the raid, a huge quantity of explosives recovered from the camp situated recovered from the camp situated near Neelmadgu village under Farsegarh police station limits, were destroyed in the forest itself.
As many as528 villages in restive Bijapur and Bastar districts of so-called power surplus State, is groping with a massive 'blackout' for past 2-3 days following a major technical snag that has hit Bijapur-Bhairamgarh power station. However, the employees of Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) are calming that war-footing steps were in place to restore power supply at the earliest, even as the power failure has plunged the would district into dark and pushed people back to dark ages, in the face of left wing insurgency plaguing the entire region.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made recovery of explosives from the restive areas of Bijapur district. The personnel of the CRPF 168 battalion were on a routine search on Monday evening when they found the explosives. The team recovered 15 kilograms landmine from an area falling between Basaguda-Murtunda villages, situated 47 km from Bijapur district head-quarter. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) of the battalion defused the bomb on the spot and averted a major mishap. Also recovered along with landmine were 2 detonators and a 200 meter electric wire.
Foiling another deadly design of red-rebels, security forces at different clock time on Friday defused four powerful bombs planted at separate locations in restive Bijapur district. The insurgents had planted the potential explosives to target the personnel of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), but their nefarious plans were exposed before it could take its toll on precious lives.