Hardcore Maoist commander arrested after encounter in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A hardcore naxal commander was on Wednesday
arrested after he was injured in an encounter with security personnel in
Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said.
The face-off took place near Ghumsimunda forests under
Antagarh police station limits when a joint squad of 123 battalion of BSF
(Border Security Force), Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force were
on a combing operation in the region, Kanker Superintendent of Police RN Dash
Sensing securitymen near restive Ghumsimunda village
forests, a large group of ultras opened indiscriminate firing on them following
which they launched a retaliatory attack. After the ensuing gunfight that
lasted for around an hour, rebels escaped into core forests, he said.
“Several naxals sustained bullet injuries in the
gunfight but their colleagues managed to drag them inside the dense forests.
However, one of them was held and an AK-47 rifle was also seized from his
possession,” the SP said.
The arrested outlaw has been identified as Jairam, a
commander ranking cadre, the SP said adding he was shifted to a local hospital
for treatment. Soon after the incident, additional security forces were rushed
to the spot and further details are awaited, he added.
In another search operation, a naxal was held along
with materials used for making explosives in Kanker district last evening even
as security personnel destroyed a Maoist memorial in the Amabeda police station
Iron pellets, rods, and other different materials used
in making IEDs (improvised explosive device) was recovered from the possession
of the cadre- Laki Negi- who was rounded up from Kuvemari village forests in
the district, the SP said.
“The arrested naxal is very active in the region and
has disclosed many vital inputs regarding the movement of cadres, their local
supports and informers,” he said.