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BJD MLA gunned down by suspected Maoists

BHUBANESWAR/KORAPUT: Suspected Maoists shot dead a 39-year-old wheelchair-bound Biju Janata Dal legislator and his personal security officer at a public meeting in Orissa's Nabarangpur district on Saturday.

Police said Jagabandhu Majhi was killed while he was distributing land pattas to poor people at Gona village, close to the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border, around 500km from Bhubaneswar.

Cong MLA's gunman killed his father-in-law, tries to kill himself

The gunman of a Congress legislator from Amgaon in Gondia district of eastern Maharashtra let loose in Dongargarh in neighbouring Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. The accused Gyaneshwar Uikey, opened indiscriminate fire and gunned down his father-in-law Heeralal Sahu. Uikey later

tried to kill himself using his service revolver on late Friday evening.
The MLA, Ratan Raut, who is presently abroad, was provided with a gunman as he represents the Naxalite-affected Amgaon assembly constituency.

Mob kills tigress in Maharashtra, takes out victory procession

In a gruesome turn to man-tiger conflict, a tigress was lynched to death on Saturday by a mob of over 4,000 people at Bamni village in Rajnandgaon district, 6 km from the Gondia district border of Maharashtra.

The villagers, who carried out the act in the presence of a hapless joint Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh forest team out to tranquilise the animal, later took out a “victory procession” carrying the tigress’s carcass.

DNA Investigations: Lying unguarded in Maoist stronghold: CIL explosives

Maoists are the biggest threat to the country — the prime minister and the home minister routinely say this. But the government seems little interested in protecting tonnes of explosives stored by Coal India Ltd (CIL), a government of India undertaking, in its depots in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Needless to say, all these states are reeling from the Maoist insurgency.

CIL buys explosives worth Rs1,500 crore annually for mining — that is almost 30% of the total explosives used in the country.

Tiger kills woman in Gondia

A Sub-Adult tigress that was responsible for two human deaths in Brahmapuri forest division in March this year and was later captured, treated and released in the wild on June 12 is believed to have killed a woman in Gondia district on Thursday.

Rajolabai Sonar, 65, from Murmadi village on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border was killed in the attack while at work in a farm.

Villagers attack police party in Chhattisgarh

Rajnandgaon: A mob of around 300 villagers allegedly attacked a police search party and tried to snatch their weapons at Ghotia village in the Naxal-hit district.

Four villagers and some of the police personnel were injured in the incident that occurred Thursday evening, a senior police official said on Friday.

The police team of 26 personnel, led by Additional Superintendent of Police (Naxal operations) Y P Singh, was attacked by the mob at Ghotia main road when it was returning after carrying out a search in the area, Rajnandgaon SP Badrinarayan Meena told reporters.

Chhattisgarh cop killed in Maoist attack

Raipur, Sep 16 (IANS) A Chhattisgarh policeman was killed Friday by Maoist rebels in the state’s restive Bastar region, officials said.
Chhattisgarh Armed Force constable P.C. Khalko was killed when Maoists opened fire at a police camp at Pamalwaya in Bijapur district, some 500 km south of Raipur.
‘Maoists carried out a flash attack at the police camp Friday early hours. Khalko who was on duty just outside the camp, received bullet injuries and died on the spot,’ officials at the police headquarters here told IANS.

Six IAF choppers to be used for anti-Naxal ops

NEW DELHI: IAF is going to deploy two more helicopters for logistical support in the ongoing anti-Naxal operations along with its two Mi-17s and two Dhruvs operating in Chhattisgarh armed with "sideward mounted machine guns" to fire back in "self-defence" if they come under attack from Maoists.

"There is a request for deploying two more helicopters at Ranchi. We will have a total of six helicopters in these operations," Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said on Friday.

Driver nabbed, Chhattisgarh MLA relieved

BHUBANESWAR: Dantewada MLA Bhima Mandavi is a relieved man. Last week, when Avinash Bhadoria fled with his vehicle and his PSO’s assault rifle, little did the MLA know that he would make news in Orissa.
�Avinash was hired by Mandavi only on August 25. “Our houses are 100 meters apart and I know his family for several years. I did not anticipate he would betray me in this fashion,” he said. Avinash belonged to Ambedkar Road of South Bastar in Dantewada.

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