Bomb blasts triggered by the CPI-Maoist- 2009
December 31: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two school buildings in Aurangabad in Bihar, Police said. Over 200 extremists surrounded a State-run school at Chandaur and blew the building with dynamites, Superintendent of Police (SP, Aurangabad) N.K. Tiwari said.
In another attack, the Maoists detonated dynamites to blow up another school building at Belowa, he added. However, there are no reports of any injury or casualty.
December 29: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist detonated dynamites to blow up a school building at Jurati village in the Aurangabad District of Bihar. Around 200 extremists surrounded the State-run school and triggered blasts partially damaging its building, Police said. A Police patrol soon arrived and engaged the extremists in an encounter for more than two hours. Police recovered two can bombs, cable wires and several Police uniforms besides Naxal literature from the spot.
December 28: The Maoists blew up a forest department beat house and a mobile tower in Malkangiri District in Orissa. "Maoists have blown up a forest beat house at Orkel and a mobile tower in Chitrakonda chawk," said Anup Sahu, the sub-divisional Police officer of Malkangiri.
December 27: That the CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a State run school building at Birhni village in the Aurangabad District of Bihar, Police said. Over 200 extremists surrounded the school building and detonated dynamites to blow up the school building. Four rooms of the school collapsed in the blast, the police said.
December 26: The Maoists blew up earthmoving machinery of a road construction project at Gurua near Sherghati in the Gaya District in Bihar. According to the local Police, around 30 to 40 extremists belonging to the Revolutionary Communist Centre came late in the night of December 25 and blew up the JCB machinery in the Sherghati area, where a road widening project is underway.
December 24: A trooper of the SOG, elite anti-Naxalite (left wing extremism) force, was killed on December 24 during a combing operation at Pallur in the Koraput District in Orissa, nearly 500 km from here. According to the report, a fierce gun battle between the SFs and the Maoists ensued when a group of around 30 Maoists ambushed a combing party inside forest at Pallur. The Maoists first detonated claymore mines targeting the combing party in which four SOG personnel were injured. Then they fired at them from their hideout provoking return fire from the SFs. While one SOG trooper died on the spot in the landmine explosion, three others sustained bullet injuries.
December 23: The Maoists blew up a mobile tower at Kiang in the Malkangiri District in Orissa. The mobile tower of a private telecom company was badly damaged in the landmine blast, Police said. Communication was disrupted in the highly forested Malkangiri District due to damage to the mobile tower, Superintendent of Police Satyabrat Bhoi said.
In a series of attacks, the Maoists blew up four school buildings and one healthcare centre in the areas bordering Jharkhand. The villages fall under Banki and K. Balang Police Stations in the Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh District in Orissa. Four massive explosions, triggered between 9am (IST) and 1.15pm, saw Mahupada primary school, B. Jharbera upper primary and high schools and B. Jharbera primary health centre being razed to the ground. The residential school at Sanbalijodi was blown up.
December 21: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a community building in Bokaro District in Jharkhand as it was used by the Security Force personnel in the recently concluded elections, Police said. The Maoists attacked the building in Palamau village under Nawadih block of Bokaro District on December 20. No one was injured in the incident, a Police officer said. "Maoists left a pamphlet saying that the community building was blown up as it was used by the security forces during the polls," the officer said.
A contingent of SF personnel was dispatched from the Binpur thana (Police Station) on receiving news of the attack. The Maoists, however, had set up a booby trap on the way to Dahijuri from Binpur by planting a directional improvised explosive device on the way at Andharia in West Bengal. It was set off while the SFs were approaching the spot, injuring four personnel, including the Inspector-In-Charge of the Police Station, the Police said. Another contingent of forces was also dispatched from Jhargram, along with a fire-tending machine, but could not reach the spot fearing the presence of more landmines on the way.
December 20: A Police van carrying two platoons of the CRPF personnel had a narrow escape when a landmine, triggered by the CPI-Maoist, exploded in the Sundargarh District in Orissa, Police said. There was no report of injury to the vehicle or any personnel, they said. The blast took place at Kamarposh on NH-215 under K. Balang Police Station, about 80 kilometres from Rourkela. The explosion occurred as soon as the Police van passed the culvert at around 11am (IST) and under its impact the small bridge was partially damaged, the sources said.
A landmine, triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres, blew up the parapets of a culvert on NH 215 in the Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh District in Orissa. The blast appeared to be another attempt by the Maoists to make their presence felt amid mounting pressure from the Security Forces combing the area with the help of local tribals. The blast took place around noon and was targeted at a location close to a forested hilly terrain. The explosion was not powerful and it left only the parapets damaged. The expressway is a key link between Rajamunda and Panikoili. Normal vehicular traffic, however, continued. Rourkela Superintendent of Police Diptesh Patnaik played down the incident, by saying that the Security Forces are working overtime to sanities the areas.
December 19: Armed Maoists blew up a state-run school building at Karma village the Aurangabad District in Bihar, Police sources said. Around 50 Maoists surrounded the vacant school building, planted dynamites and blew it up, sources said. No harm was caused to anybody.
December 18: Suspected Maoists exploded a landmine, injuring a Policeman at Mahur in Jharkhand. A trooper of the Jharkhand Armed Police suffered splinter injuries in the explosion triggered during patrolling in the area, Superintendent of Police Jatin Narwal said. Mahur belongs to Hussainabad Assembly constituency where Maoist presence is strong, he said. It is among the 16 constituencies where polling is on.
Two Policemen were killed and two others injured in landmine blasts triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the West Singhbhum and Palamau Districts in Jharkhand. A landmine, triggered at Mahur in the Hussainabad constituency of Palamau District, killed a Policeman and injured two others, Superintendent of Police Jatin Narwal said.
A Central Reserve Police Force trooper was killed in the blast at Titlighat in the Saranda forest, under the Jagannathpur constituency, in West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand
December 17: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a Government school building in the Aurangabad District in Bihar, Police said. Heavily-armed Maoists numbering around 25 surrounded the building at Poha village in the District and detonated dynamites to blow it up late in the night of December 16, the Superintendent of Police Nishant Tiwari said.
A Government high school at Tiskopi under Gomia Police Station in Bokaro District in Jharkhand was blown up. Though 10 rooms of the school were damaged, there were no casualties reported. As many as seven blasts were triggered by the Maoists to demolish the school building. Sources said Maoists had earlier threatened the school management to stop allowing SF personnel, who used the school as camps during the anti-Maoist operations, to stay there. Still, the SFs again camped at the school for the third phase of the Assembly election that concluded on December 8. After they left the building a couple of days back, 50 armed Maoists came to the school at around 11pm (IST) and detonated the landmines. Before leaving, they put up posters on the walls of the school, describing the explosion as revenge taken by them against Police personnel using schools as a camp. Another school was blown up in the Kawal village of Palamau District. Maoists also blew up a small bridge near Kahkula and Seriyar villages in the same District.
December 14: Two Policemen were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Lohardaga District in Jharkhand. It was followed by another similar explosion that ripped through a bus some seven hours later in the same District, injuring its driver and his deputy. While the first blast occurred at the Jharnapani turning point in Kekrang valley under Kisko Police Station at around 9am (IST), the second one took place near Chandalgo village, about three kilometers away. The bus was returning empty after the Security Forces were airlifted following the Kekrang valley blast but the Maoists targeted it nearChandalgo village. Police recovered wire, blankets and camera flash used to explode the mine. The explosion followed an encounter when 105 rounds of fire were exchanged by either side. No casualty was reported.
Suspected Maoists blew up three schools in Palamu and one in Giridih in Jharkhand. The Maoists used dynamite to blow up a Government middle school and an aided high school at Dhakchha village in Hariharganj block and a Government middle school at Koo-koo Kalan village in Chhatarpur block in the Palamu District. The Manjhladih Middle School at Dumri in Giridih District was also reduced to rubble. Incidentally, filing of nomination papers in Palamu began on Tuesday.
About 30 Maoists stuffed explosives inside a primary school at Rorad in the Lohardaga District in Jharkhand before triggering the blast, Police said.
December 11: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up an under-construction Police outpost in the Malkanagiri District of Orissa. "It was an under-construction Police outpost. CPI-Maoist blew up part of the building. We had planned this outpost to increase our presence by stationing more armed personnel there," Malkanagiri Sub Divisional Police Officer Anup Sahu said. According to Police, about 40 CPI-Maoist were involved in the attack.
Two personnel of the joint SFs were injured when the Maoists exploded two landmines -- one at Pirakata and the other at Maldiha in Lalgarh in West Bengal
December 9: The Maoists blew up an office of the forest department at Jhitka in Lalgarh area in West Bengal using a landmine.
December 7: Maoists blew up a vacant school building in Latehar District in Jharkhand. About 20 Maoists went to the middle school and packed explosives before triggering the blast at Newari village. There was no casualty in the blast, which took place on the eve of the third of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand on December 8.
December 6: Four civilians were killed when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a truck in a landmine blast in the Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh, Police said. The Maoist blew up the truck near Keralapal village in the District, killing all the four persons travelling in the vehicle on the spot, Superintendent of Police (Dantewada) Amresh Singh said. The truck had left Doranapal village in the District for Sukama with truck's owner Surya Narayan Raju and three labourers. As it reached near Keralapal village on NH-221, the Maoists triggered landmine blast, he added, saying, Police was trying to ascertain the identity of victims.
December 4: A Policeman was injured in a landmine explosion at Ramgarh in West Midnapore District in West Bengal. Police suspect that the blast was triggered by the Maoists.
December 2: A Policeman was killed in a landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist in the Giridih District in Jharkhand. Maoists triggered the landmine at Teliabahiar when Policemen were on a foot patrol, Deputy Commissioner, Vandana Dadil, said.
In Giridih District of Jharkhand, the Maoists blew up a culvert at Matiobera.
December 1: Maoists shot at and injured two persons, blew up a culvert and set ablaze four vehicles at Chatra as they ended their two-day Jharkhand shutdown in the night of November 30. The Maoists opened fire on a truck injuring the driver and his helper at Bhuiandih in the Chatra District a little before their shut-down ended, Superintendent of Police, D. B. Sharma, said on December 1. The insurgents also used explosives to blow up a culvert in the same village, disrupting traffic on the Chatra-Gaya route, besides setting ablaze four vehicles. The Maoists, who indulged in massive destruction of public property during the shutdown, were demanding production of their cadre Ashok Mahato before a court. The Police, however, have denied arresting any person by that name.
November 30: On the second day of the CPI-Maoist bandh (general shut down), Chatra Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Bhaskar escaped unhurt even as a series of attacks rocked several other Districts in Jharkhand. Two among Bhaskar’s four bodyguards and a Police driver sustained injuries when the insurgents triggered a landmine blast at Kharwanari village under Hunterganj Police Station area of Chatra District at around 8.30am (IST). Bhaskar was on his way to Hunterganj from Pratappur. Sources said the Maoists took advantage of dense forest cover near the village, around 10 kilometres from Pratappur. Bhaskar survived the attack, as he was not reportedly in the vehicle that he usually used. "Bhaskar was sitting in an ordinary vehicle with his two bodyguards and a driver. He also asked the driver of the landmine-protected vehicle to follow him. He deputed two bodyguards in the landmine-protected vehicle. His strategy yielded result, as the extremists detonated the mines only after the ordinary vehicle crossed the danger zone," a police officer said. "The anti-landmine vehicle driver, Mashi Kachhap, and my two bodyguards, Mukesh Mishra and Vikash Paswan, sustained injuries. They were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital in Ranchi," Bhaskar said.
The Maoists also blew up a culvert near Kasaribera village under Arki Police Station area in Khunti District in Jharkhand at around 1.30am. In another incident in Khunti, Maoists blew up a school building at Sowde village under Rania Police Station area.
November 29: Three villagers wee killed and six others injured in an IED blast near Amjhore village under the Bodam Police Station in East Singhbhum District in Jharkhand. When villagers, engaged by paramilitary forces to remove three trees on a road, were on the job, an IED fitted on a tree went off, killing three persons and injuring six. Among the injured, one lost a hand and another one a leg. The incident occurred near a CRPF camp. The villagers complained to the Police that they were forced to remove the trees by the CRPF personnel.
In Jharkhand, the Maoists blew up the house of RJD leader Chandrika Yadav in the Basisthnagar Police Station area at Jodi at around 11pm. About 100 armed Maoists surrounded the house and asked the family members to vacate the house, Superintendent of Police Jatin Narwal told reporters. The Maoists then packed dynamites in every room before triggering the blast, he said. The Maoists left notes warning against participation in the ensuing elections.
In Palamu District of Jharkhand, the Maoists destroyed two schools late in at Kharagpur and Bhavwar villages, Police said. Maoists have blown up seven schools in the District over the weekend. They blew up five schools, besides a panchayat bhavan (building) on in the night of November 28. Separately, the Maoists disrupted movement of vehicles on the Daltonganj-Aurangabad Main Road from 10pm on November 29 to 10am on November 30 by felling three trees at Kanda. Also, during intensive patrolling, Security Forces recovered two landmines on November 29, each weighing 20 kilograms, planted beneath the Medininagar-Panki Road in Palamau, Police said.
November 28: Hours before a 48-hour bandh (general shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand, the Maoists blew up a panchayat (village-level local self Government institution) hall and a school building in the Palamau District.
Maoists blew up a room of the Mahubuang Railway Station in Simdega District in Jharkhand. In addition, Maoists blew up the railway track between the Jageswar and Dania Stations in Bokaro District. In the night of November 28, the Maoists demolished two school buildings in the Palamu District.
November 27: Armed CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two school buildings in the Gaya District in Bihar, Police said. About 200insuregnts surrounded State-run primary schools at Sonedaha and Latua and blew up the buildings by detonating dynamites, they said.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed two Policemen by triggering a landmine blast near Lalgarh in the West Midnapore District in West Bengal. The insurgents triggered a landmine blast when some members of joint SFs were walking from Pirakata Police camp to a forest near Burisole for an operation, Police said. The Maoists also fired at the patrolling party just after the explosion, following which the SFs forces retaliated. "Two security men, Alok Mondal and Srimanta Banerjee, of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) were fatally injured in the landmine explosion. The duo was rushed to Midnapore MedicalCollege and Hospital where they were declared brought dead," West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma told PTI over phone. The condition of three others was serious, he said. Local Police put the number of injured to eight.
November 26: The CPI-Maoist blew up a Police jeep, killing a Policeman and injuring four others at Jaranga village in the Khunti District in Jharkhand. The Inspector-General of Police, V. Deshmukh, said the jeep overturned under the impact of the blast. He, however, ruled out landmine causing the blast. The jeep was escorting a bus full of Security Force personnel when the incident occurred at around 9am (IST). The bus was on its way to Arki from Tamar ahead of the second phase of polls in the Khunti Assembly constituency scheduled for December 2. Khunti Superintendent of Police (SP) A. V. Minz said the jeep was badly damaged. "The intensity of the blast was such that the vehicle was thrown several feet into the air and landed upside down in the jungle. The blast site is located about four km from the Arki Police station," he added.
November 25: The Maoists blew up a middle school, Anant Madhya Vidyala, at Pratappur in the Chatra District in Jharkhand after placing dynamite in the rooms. The school was one of a cluster where voting was to take place on December 18 for the Assembly polls, the Police said. This was the fourth school in three days to have been blown up by the Maoists in Jharkhand.
November 24: The CPI-Maoist blew up a Government building near the Kharakpur sub-divisional office in Munger District in Bihar. Over 55 persons assembled at the building and exploded it with dynamites and escaped.
A CRPF trooper was critically injured in a bomb blast in the Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh. The trooper, who was member of a Police combing team, was injured when he stepped on a pressure bomb planted in a thickly forested pocket, some 500 kilometres south of State capital Raipur. "
November 23: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up three schools in Palamu and one in Giridih District in Jharkhand. Maoists used dynamite to blow up a Government middle school and an aided high school at Dhakchha village in the Hariharganj block (administrative division) and a Government middle school at Koo-koo Kalan village in the Chhatarpur block of Palamu District. The Manjhladih Middle School at Dumri in the Giridih District was also blown up.
November 10: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building at Banbirua in the Latehar District in Jharkhand, the SP, Kuldip Diwedi, said on November 10. A group of armed Maoists stuffed dynamite and triggered the blast late in the night of November 9 in the school at Banbirua, the SP added. There is no loss of life in the incident, he added. Maoists blew up the structure to prevent the Security Forces from making it a make-shift camp during the ensuing 5-phase Legislative Assembly elections starting on November 25, the police added.
November 9-10: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building at Kona village in the Latehar District in Jharkhand, Police said on November 10. The school was blown up in the night of November 9 using detonators and explosives, a Police official said. As reported earlier another school was blown up in the Banbirua village in the same night. The extremists left behind pamphlets saying the buildings had been blown up to prevent the Security Forces from using them as make-shift camps during the forthcoming Legislative Assembly elections. The five-phase poll begins on November 25.
November 7: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school building in the Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh, Police said. Some 80-100 Maoists set explosives inside a primary school building in Phulpar village in the night of November 6 and destroyed a major portion, officials at the police headquarters in Raipur said. Education department officials said that Maoists over the past two years had set ablaze 80 school buildings in Dantewada and Bijapur Districts. Police said they have recovered leaflets from Maoist dominated areas in recent months in which the insurgents said they are targeting school and hospital buildings in Bastar region as these provide shelter to Security Force personnel for anti-Maoist operations.
November 5-6: The CPI-Maoist cadres rebels blew up a school building in the Chatra District in Jharkhand, Police said on November 6. The extremists blew up a middle school building at Asona village of Chatra late in the night of November 5. Around 20 to 25 Maoists blew up the school building by using detonators and explosives, an unnamed Police officer said. The officer said the insurgents blew up the building to prevent stay of Security Force personnel during the assembly polls scheduled this month and the next. The Maoists have blown up more than 30 school buildings in Jharkhand in the last five years, the report added.
November 4-5: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a road bridge at Rohe village in the Gaya District in Bihar, Police said on November 5. Around 50 Maoists assembled in the village in the night of November 4 and detonated dynamites to blow up the bridge. The road link to Imamganj bazar was severed as a result.
October 31: The CPI-Maoist cadres fired at a private vehicle in the Aurangabad District in Bihar injuring one person, said the Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani. The Maoists first blew up a culvert using improvised explosive device and then fired at the vehicle at Rajbigha village injuring one person, Neelmani added. They were planning to attack a Police patrol vehicle but missed the target as the vehicle carrying the Policemen had passed through the area just minutes before.
October 27: Maoists blew up two schools in the Giridih District in Jharkhand. The Maoists packed explosives inside Upgraded Haridih School and Upgraded Dharpahari School, damaging the structures, Police said. There was no loss of life in the incident.
October 25: Four CISF personnel were killed and two critically injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in a hilly terrain in the Dantewada District in Chhattisgarh. The Dantewada Police officials said the CISF personnel were travelling in a jeep when the insurgents detonated a landmine killing a sub-inspector, two head constables and a constable on the spot. The CISF personnel were deployed in Dantewada to guard a public sector unit and premier mining company, the National Mineral Development Corporation, from Maoist attacks.
October 21: The CPI-Maoist blew up a state-run primary school at Gerua village Banka District in Bihar. Over 100 extremists surrounded the building at around 2.30am and used dynamites to trigger the explosion, Police said. The roofs of the three-room school caved in due to the explosion. The school was adjacent to the Sangrampur block (administrative division) office which was blown up by the Maoists last week. The district administration had earlier planned to set up a Police post at the school, the report added.
October 17: A makeshift structure, once used by the state irrigation department, was blown up by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Bansua village near Sonua block (administrative division) in the West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand. Confirming the incident, West Singhbhum SP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said the structure had been put up six years ago, but was abandoned later. "The incident took place past midnight, but we only got to know of it early this morning. We immediately started long-range patrolling in Sonua and Goelkera jungles as well as combing operations in Bansua village to apprehend the rebels responsible," Jha added. He also said that Police or paramilitary forces had never used the structure for anti-insurgency operations in Saranda or Sonua. He said the extremists might have blown up the structure anticipating its use by the Police in future. Further, an intelligence source said, "Right from the time the Naxalites entered Saranda forest nine years ago, they have blown up each and every forest guesthouse in the area. They wanted to ensure that the police or paramilitary forces did not use forest guesthouses or lodges to take shelter."
October 13: Over 100 CPI-Maoist cadres assembled at a block office building at Sangrampur in the Munger District in Bihar and detonated dynamites blasting the construction, officials said. Portions of the building collapsed in the powerful explosion which also destroyed furniture and gutted land revenue related documents. The Maoists also left pamphlets on the spot owning responsibility for the blast.
In Aurangabad District in Bihar, the Maoists partially destroyed the tower of a private telecom company at Padaiya village. The extremists exploded bombs in which a portion of the tower collapsed, officials said. They also dug up roads near Amba in the same District to disrupt movement of traffic.
The Maoists raided Bankepur Bazaar area Gaya District in Bihar and exploded mobile tower of private company. Though nobody was injured in the incident, the extremists left pamphlets owning responsibility for the violence, officials said.
The CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in the Chatra District in Jharkhand. "A group of armed Maoists packed dynamites inside the Nawadih Middle School and triggered the blast, damaging its three rooms," SP, D. B. Sharma, told reporters in Chatra.
Maoists blew up a section of the rail track between Jogeshwar Bihar and Dania in Jharkhand which resulted in damage to the overhead equipment. According to railway sources, a night patrolman had noticed a three-foot hole, presumably dug for planting explosives, in the down track near the Karmabad station. Further, in the afternoon, a freight train was derailed near Mahua Milan in the Latehar District.
October 12-14: The Maoists bombed a tower of a private telecom firm and set ablaze a truck at Brindabazar in the Sheohar District in Bihar in the night of October 12. Around 45-50 insurgents arrived at Brindaban Bazaar, ordered the villagers not to venture out of their homes and destroyed a tower of the Airtel company, officials said on October 14. They later set ablaze a truck after asking its occupants to vacate it.
October 12: The Maoists exploded the telecom tower at Salaiya village in Aurangabad District in Bihar. The Maoists also dug up a 15-metre stretch of a road at Chanda village, disrupting traffic between Deo and Dhibra. They left behind pamphlets, claiming responsibility for the incidents, official sources said.
CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a stretch of railway track and set ablaze three trucks in Jharkhand. "They (Maoists) blew up a stretch of railway track around 2.30 am at Jharandih in the Coal belt Industrial Chord section in Dhanbad," Senior Public Relations Officer of the Dhanbad Rail Division, Amrendra Das, told PTI in Dhanbad. The Shaktipunj Express was held up due to blast, he added.
October 9: The CPI-Maoist blew up three culverts in the Aurangabad District in Bihar, Police said. Around 50 Maoists planted dynamites in the culverts at Kachanpur, Bhedhna and Berhani villages and blasted them, police added. Police also said that the Maoists blew up the culverts over alleged non-payment of the extortion amount by the contractors constructing them in the District.
October 4: About 30 armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the Katingia Police outpost in the Kandhamal District in Orissa. However, no one was hurt. The Maoists also set ablaze documents there. Additional Police force could not reach the spot due to felling of tress on the road connecting Brahmanigaon area, official sources said.
October 3: The CPI-Maoist blew up a railway track in the West Singhbhum District in Jharkhand at the Jharkhand-West Bengal border. The extremists blew up the railway track near Maharesal railway station under Chakradhapur railway division at around 4.30am (IST). The Maoists have called for a nationwide strike on October 3 to protest the arrests of senior leaders Kobad Ghandy and Chhatradhar Mahato.
September 26: Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA, was arrested in an operation conducted by the State Police at Birkar village near Lalgarh in West Midnapore District in West Bengal. He was arrested by Policemen who posed as journalists, according to eye witness accounts. Immediately after Mahato's arrest, a landmine went off near Kantapahari (seven kilometres from Lalgarh) and another failed to explode at Kumarbandh. However, SP Manoj Verma said none was injured in the incident. Eight persons were arrested in connection with the incidents, four of them suspected to be Maoists. The Maoists, meanwhile, have called for a 24-hour all-India shut down on October 3. Kishan, Polit Bureau member of the CPI-Maoist, threatened, "Unless Chhatradhar Mahato is released unconditionally, the entire Jangalmahal in five States [West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar] will be up in flames."
September 19: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a major portion of a community hall in the Burger Bazaar locality of Bhandaria block in Garhwa District in Jharkhand. However, no casualty was reported.
The house of a local Rashtriya Janata Dal party leader was blown up at Chatra and a passenger van was set ablaze by the extremists in Khunti District in Jharkhand. Reports said five PLFI cadres intercepted a jeep near Chamri village, forced the passengers to alight and set ablaze the vehicle.
September 10-11: Around 11.30 pm (IST), a group of 50-60 cadres of the CPI-Maoist in military fatigue raided the house of a local leader of the ruling CPI-M, Badan Paramanik, in Burudih village in Purulia District in West Bengal. Badan, whose name figures on the Maoist hitlist, had been staying away from home for some time. Failing to find him, the Maoists assaulted his son Goutam and wife Sabitri outside their home and warned that all of them would be killed if Badan did not quit the party immediately. They set ablaze to a haystack in the house before leaving. The Maoist group then went to the house of Chunnu Gorai at the other end of the village and asked him to hand over his licensed gun. "As I refused to do so, they threatened to blow up my house using landmines. My wife then urged me to hand over the gun and I did so. The Maoists left, but only after hurling a few bombs outside our house in a bid to create panic among villagers," Gorai said. Security Forces exchanged fire with the same Maoist group Bandih village at the foot of Ayodhya Hills near Kanthaljore forest in Purulia District around 1.30 am (IST) on September 11. The exchange of fire lasted around 15 minutes, after which the Maoists fled towards Jharkhand. However, there were no casualties in the encounter.
September 10: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered about a dozen explosions blowing up railway tracks and at least four Government buildings in the Sundargarh District of Orissa in the early morning. The Maoists had called for a 24-hour shutdown in the District to demand the release of 30 people who were arrested on August 29 on the suspicion that they were Maoists. The extremists blasted railway tracks at around seven places between Bimlagarh and Patangi, Police said. They also blew up an abandoned Police station building at Kalta, another building where a CRPF camp was functioning earlier, a community centre and office building of the CITU, Police said, adding they also set ablaze a truck. The Maoists also abducted five railway employees, including the stationmaster, from the Topadiha station in the District during the raid.
September 9: Two CRPF personnel were injured when they walked over a bomb planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres in a thickly forested area of Jagargunda in the Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh, about 450 kilometers south of capital Raipur.
September 4: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist damaged a mobile phone communication tower in MV 74 village and cut down trees to block some major roads in Malkangiri District in Orissa. According to sources, some armed CPI-Maoist cadres accompanied by their supporters attacked the communication tower. They also damaged the control room and generator room of the communication tower by a blast. The CPI-Maoist cadres did not injure any one during the attack, Police sources said. The CPI-Maoists and their supporters cut down trees at several places to block the Chitrakonda-Balimela road and the Chitrakonda-Sileru road.
September 3: Armed Maoists exploded a landmine during an encounter with Police when the latter was trying to rescue the six abducted security guards of a private company in the Jamui District in Bihar. As the Special Task Force and District Armed Police continued search operations in the morning of September 3, the extremists hiding in dense forests fired on them and exploded a landmine at a place under Chakai Police station in the District, the Additional Director General of Police Neelmani said. A Police vehicle was partially damaged in the blast, he said, adding that three Maoists were arrested during the operation.
August 30: A Maoist died when the improvised explosive device he was making to blow up a culvert exploded in a field on the outskirts of Behrampore town in West Bengal. Sambhu Dolui, his accomplice, who had joined a Maoist action squad six months ago, was seriously injured in the blast. The dead Maoist has not been identified as yet. Some Maoist literature was recovered from the possession of Sambhu, who told the Police that the duo had planned to blow up a culvert on the National Highway 34 to disrupt traffic between Siliguri and capital Kolkata.
August 25: Maoists blew up two mobile towers in the Gaya District in Bihar and set ablaze four vehicles at Tilhautu in the Rohtas District as the 48-hour shutdown called by the Maoists in five States, including Bihar, ended in the night of August 25. Around 400 extremists detonated dynamites to blow up the towers at Guraru and at Gurua in Gaya District, Neelmani told media. The Naxalites also blocked the road at Tilhautu in Rohtas and set ablaze four vehicles. The Naxalites told passengers to vacate the vehicles before setting them on fire, he added.
The CPI-Maoist cadres carried out five powerful bomb blasts at Niro Madanpur hillocks in the Topchanchi block under the Tundi Assembly constituency of Dhanbad District in Jharkhand. Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Ajay Kumar said that no one was injured in the blasts that occurred in a hilly area, about two kilometres from residential areas, at around 1pm (IST). Dhanbad Superintendent of Police Suman Gupta added that it was a desperate attempt by the Maoists to disrupt the poll process. But they failed to do so.
Maoists blew up railway tracks between Goelkera and Sonua stations under the Chakradharpur division in Jharkhand around 10.30pm (IST). Though the explosion did not cause much damage, it affected the movement of trains.
The Maoists blew up a middle school, Anant Madhya Vidyala, at Pratappur in the Chatra District in Jharkhand after placing dynamite in the rooms. The school was one of a cluster where voting was to take place on December 18 for the Assembly polls, the Police said. This was the fourth school in three days to have been blown up by the Maoists in Jharkhand. On November 24 they had demolished two schools in Palamau District and one in Giridih District.
More than 20 heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the Roxy railway station, located in a remote place under K. Bolang Police Station area in Sundergarh District in Orissa, and blew it up after asking the employees to move out. The Maoists also abducted three persons, including the Station Master, besides setting ablaze around 15 vehicles parked near the small railway station used primarily for iron ore transportation, Police said. The station is used for transporting iron ore to the Rourkela Steel Plant. Later the three railways employees, who were held captive by the Maoists for over three hours, were released with a warning not to run trains during a shutdown.
August 24-25: A group of 50 Maoists blew up a newly built community centre in the Akri village under the Dev block of Aurangabad District in Bihar in the midnight of August 24. No casualty was reported as the building was empty when the Maoists triggered the blast.
August 24: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway track in the Latehar District in Jharkhand. Train services were, consequently, disrupted between the Barwadih-Barkakana route following the incident. About 20 insurgents exploded the track between Kumundi and Hehegarha railway stations, about 150 kilometers from capital Ranchi, the Latehar Railway Station Master P.N. Tiwari said. The blast occurred at 6:30am after the Rajdhani Express crossed the spot at 5:30am. Latehar Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Diwedi, however, said the blast was not targeted at any train.
The Maoists bombed and destroyed two towers in the Palamau District in Jharkhand. They blew up a mobile tower. About 50 armed insurgents reached the site of the tower situated on Aurangabad-Medininagar route in the District, stuffed it with explosives before blowing it up, Deputy Superintendent of Police Brajmohan Paswan said in Latehar. The blast left a big crater on the spot, about 200 kilometers from Ranchi, he added.
August 20: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded an IED near Mahuatola in the Lalgarh area of West Midnapore District in West Bengal targeting a joint forces patrol, on the third day of the bandh (shutdown) called by the PCPA. Police also recovered three IEDs near the Kadashole Police camp.
August 18: Life in tribal villages in 18 Police Stations across the three Districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia in West Bengal came to a standstill due to the shutdown call given by the PCPA, a Maoist-backed organisation. The shutdown was also successful in Lalgarh, Belpahari and Kantapahari. Local traders reportedly downed shutters despite the presence of Security Forces and schools were also closed. The PCPA started the indefinite shutdown with low-intensity blasts at Kantapahari and Narcha in West Midnapore, close to Police camps. Around 9pm (IST), the Maoists also set ablaze six trucks that had defied the strike and were plying on the Jhargram-Silda road.
July 28: Armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded the house of a village chief at Nadaura in the Gurua Police station of Gaya District in Bihar, the Police said on July. Around 50 Maoists raided the village in the night of July 27 and detonated a dynamite to blow up the house of Rajendra Yadav after getting it vacated by the occupants, Police sources added. However, no casualty was reported.
Cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up two mobile phone towers of different private operators at Padmagiri and Tandapali in the Malkangiri District of Orissa even as security was tightened in the State in view of ‘martyrs week’ being observed by the Maoists from July 28, the Police said. Normal life was affected in Kalimela, Motu, MV-79 and Padia areas of the District where shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicular movement came to a halt as the ''martyrs week'' called by Maoists began.
July 26: Five CRPF personnel, including a SI, were killed and three others injured in a landmine explosion triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh, Police said. "The incident occurred when the CRPF jawans were returning to Barsur village from routine patrolling during the weekly market at Geedam village," the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Pawan Dev, told PTI. The Maoists blew up the Police van in which the troopers were travelling, he added. Of the five killed, one is a Sub-Inspector (SI) and the rest are Constables. While two of the victims were identified as SI Naresh Kumar Yadav and Constable Jayant Rai, the remaining constables are yet to be identified, Dev added.
July 21:A bandh (shutdown) called by the CPI-Maoist in Bihar to protest against rising prices of essential commodities began in the night of July 21 with the extremists blowing up a house of their rival Revolutionary Communist Centre (RCC) 'commander' Vinod Marandi. As the bandh began, over 100 Maoists raided Diha village near Gaya and blew Marandi's house in the same night.
July 20: A landmine exploded at a jungle in Bankisole in West Midnapore District of West Bengal even as Security Forces (SFs) combed 43 villages on the second day of the three-day shutdown called by the CPI-Maoist-backed PCPA. However, no casualty was reported in the blast.
July 10: A large number of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist, including women, blew up the forest beat office in Paniganda in Adaba area of Gajapati District in Orissa after dragging out the guard and tying him. A villager who arrived at the spot out of curiosity after hearing the noise sustained minor injuries. The Maoists had called for a State-wide shut down on July 10. Inspector-in-Charge of Adaba Police station N. Kero said that the Maoists blew up the building using powerful explosives. The shut down had little impact in urban centres and evoked mixed response in rural areas amid closure of shops and thin traffic.
July 2: Cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered two simultaneous landmine explosions near a Police checkpoint at the entrance to Lalgarh in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. However, no one was injured in the incident.
June 29: 48 hours after Ramgarh was captured, the CPI-Maoist stronghold of Kantapahari in West Bengal was seized by the Security Forces without any resistance in the morning. Barring a mine blast, in which no one was injured, a few felled trees and dug up roads, there was reportedly no sign of any opposition from the Maoists. Three mines were detected at Shijua, two of which were defused.
June 26: There was heavy exchange of fire between the Security Forces (SFs) and cadres of the CPI-Maoist in areas adjacent to Lalgarh in West Midnapore District of West Bengal, the ninth day of the joint operation by the paramilitary forces and the West Bengal Police against Maoists and the Maoist-backed PCPA. Maoists triggered landmines as the SFs moved deeper into Lalgarh area from the Goaltore end and re-captured Kadasol, 14 kilometres from Lalgarh. Several improvised explosive devices were recovered and defused. "The Maoists triggered three landmine blasts in which none of the joint force personnel was injured. The bomb detection squad of the Criminal Investigation Department defused seven mines, while three were exploded in a controlled manner," Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said.
June 23: The Maoists blew up a building of a cultural centre at Thikathiya village in the Aurangabad District of Bihar and triggered a blast at a mobile tower at Kharati village in Gaya District. "These two incidents were part of the bid to execute the bandh," the Additional Director General of Police, Neelmani, said.
Around 10 to 15 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a panchayat (village level self-Government institution) building in the Chahapur village of Palamau District in Jharkhand. However, no casualty was reported as the building was empty at the time. After blowing up the building, Maoist shouted slogans against the Security Forces'' operation in the Lalgarh area of West Bengal.
June 22: The State Government airlifted food and other essential commodities for the Police and paramilitary forces who are confined to Narayanpatna in Koraput District of Orissa owing to a closure of roads by the Maoists. Since June 15, the roads to Narayanpatna are closed as the Government has failed to remove trees felled by the Maoists to block them. On June 18, nine Security Force personnel and a driver were killed when the insurgents blew off their jeep with a landmine near Narayanpatna.
June 20: 12 CRPF personnel were killed in the landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Tonagapal in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh in the evening. About a dozen CRPF troopers sustained multiple injuries in the incident. The attack was meticulously planned, as the CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze a few trucks of a private contractor in Tongpal village, about 100 kilometers from Dantewada in the same morning. The CRPF personnel along with State Police personnel left for Tongpal. After patrolling the area, the Security Force (SF) personnel were returning to Dantewada when they were trapped into the Maoist ambush near Kokanara village in the evening. The Maoists allowed jeeps to pass and targeted the mini-truck, carrying 20 SF personnel, which was last on the row to inflict maximum casualty. The Maoists also opened fire at the ambushed patrol, but the troopers instantly retaliated, killing seven insurgents. The bodies of seven insurgents were recovered.
June 19: The second day of the Police operation at Lalgarh in the West Midnapore District of West Bengal, an IED explosion triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres hit the Domkal Sub-Divisional Police Officer’s (SDPO's) car in Pirakata, injuring three Policemen. A culvert was also blown up in Nimtala. Around 9pm, gunfire was reportedly heard near the Lalgarh Police Station.
June 15: An armed militia of around 70 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up at least three Government buildings at Chakarbandha village under Dumaria Police Station in the Gaya District of Bihar, close to the Jharkhand border. Reports said the Maoist militia raided the village after midnight and blew up a Government middle school building, a community hall and the panchayat bhawan (building of the village level self Government institution).
June 13: Maoists blew up railway track near Chandiposh railway station, some 30 km from the steel city of Rourkela in Sundergarh District of Orissa, R.K. Bal, the District Superintendent of Police (Railway), told. The blast occurred minutes after a goods train crossed the area, he said, adding that no body was injured.
June 10: 11 Policemen, including a CRPF Inspector, were killed and six others injured when Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres triggered a landmine explosion targeting their vehicle in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. A joint team of the CRPF and Jharkhand Police was returning from a two-day long-range patrolling in Saranda forest when the explosion took place between Serengda and Aruanga villages, Director-General of Police V. D. Ram said. The victims also included the Officer in Charge of Goilkera Police Station, Philips Tete, and Assistant Sub-Inspector P. C Hembram besides CRPF inspector P. Parimal. An encounter between the Maoists and the Police followed the blast which was still continuing, CRPF Commandant Sanjay Singh said.
June 9: Nine CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine explosion triggered by the Maoists in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place when the Maoists blew up a Police vehicle carrying the CRPF personnel near Bijapur valley, 450 kilometres from the State capital Bijapur, the District Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg said.
June 7: Around 70 cadres of the CPI-Maoist attacked the Police Station in Baipariguda village in the Koraput District of Orissa and blew it up after forcing Policemen out of the premises. They also set ablaze several vehicles. Five Policemen were on duty when Maoists attacked the Police Station. "The rebels overpowered the Policemen, forced them out and blew up the building," Deputy Inspector General of Police Sanjeev Panda told. "They also blew up a Police outpost near by, ransacked the local forest office and set fire to nearly seven vehicles, including two Police Jeeps," he added. However, no one was killed or injured in the attack. The Maoists later escaped to the nearby forest. The Maoists left leaflets and posters at the site that claimed the attack was carried out to protest the killing of one of their leaders by the Police in the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh.
May 31: The CPI-Maoist cadres exploded an iron ore pipeline of the Essar Company at Rollagedda in the Chitrakonda area of the Malkangiri District in Orissa.
May 30: A group of 15 armed CPI-Maoist cadres led by around 100 Maoist sympathizers blew up a Police outpost by detonating a landmine at Mahupadar under Mathili Police Station limits in the Malkangiri District of Orissa. The Maoists also set ablaze three motorcycles, documents and furniture of the Police outpost during their attack. However, the three Police constables posted at the outpost escaped unhurt. Before leaving the area, the Maoists looted rice stored in the Forest Department storehouse at the village and also damaged the tower of a private mobile service provider.
May 24: In Chatra District of Jharkhand suspected Maoists blew up two blocks of a middle school building in the Kaura village under Pratapur Police Station. During the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Police had put up camps in these buildings.
May 21: A group of more than 70 Maoists, who were camping near Tabitola village in Maharashtra, bordering the State of Chhattisgarh, opened fire on the Police personnel and triggered landmine blasts later, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pradhan said. More than five dalams of Maoists, armed with AK-47 rifles and other sophisticated weapons, attacked the Police team, which was reportedly taken completely by surprise. This is the first time women constables have been killed in a clash between Maoists and the Police.
May 19: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a State Government building under the Human Resource Development department during their 48 hour bandh call in the Imamganj Police Station area of Gaya District in Bihar.
A bus conductor was killed and three CRPF personnel injured in two landmine blasts triggered by suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist near Pomgir village in the West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. The blasts occurred when a joint team of CRPF and Police personnel were on long-range patrolling duty in the Saranda forest under the Bandgaon Police Station. "The security personnel were patrolling on foot while a police bus moved close-by. When they reached somewhere near Pomgir, two landmines were set off by suspected Maoists," an unnamed official said. The conductor of the bus died on the spot while the three CRPF soldiers sustained injuries in the incident.
May 11: 12 Policemen and a civilian were killed and six persons sustained injuries after 150 heavily armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist ambushed a 41-member Police force in hillside Risgaon village of Dhamtari District of Chhattisgarh. The Policemen were part of the Kanker District Force search convoy and were travelling in three vehicles. Girdhari Nayak, the Additional Director General of Police, said, "The heavily armed rebels first triggered multiple (landmine) blasts and then opened indiscriminate fire from hilltops on SF personnel. Ten constables, one hawaldar, one SPO and a civilian, who was the driver of one of the vehicles, were killed." He further said local Police authorities were unsure whether the Maoists had walked away with arms of the slain Policemen. This was the first ever attack by the Maoists in Dhamtari District.
May 9: A Policeman was killed and two others, including a SPO, were injured in a landmine explosion near Kandhari village in the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The Policemen were on a regular patrol in the area when the explosion took place killing Special Task Force trooper Alam Dharmaiya.
May 6: 11 persons, including four civilians and seven SF personnel, were killed in an ambush by the suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist on a special Police party. The incident occurred three kilometres from the Vinjaram base camp in the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The killed SF personnel included five SPOs and two CRPF personnel. The Maoists managed to flee with the weapons of the dead SF personnel. The Police party was on its way back after delivering a consignment of monthly ration at a police camp at Bhejji, when the Maoists triggered a land mine blast.
May 2: Two CRPF personnel were injured in a landmine explosion carried out by CPI-Maoist in the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The CRPF personnel were travelling from Palner village towards Kuwangkoda in a Police convoy when the blast occurred. The Maoists subsequently opened fire on the convoy. Police managed to arrest four Maoists while they were escaping in the nearby forest areas.
April 30: Two central paramilitary force personnel were injured when Maoists exploded a landmine near a polling booth at Biramdih in the Purulia District of West Bengal. The security force personnel were patrolling the area when the landmine blast occurred at around 7.50am. Following the incident polling was suspended at the booth, the Superintendent of Police Rajesh Yadav said.
Four persons were killed when suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine blast targeting a convoy of three vehicles ferrying Election Commission (EC) personnel after polling at Jamboni in West Midnapore District of West Bengal. The blast occurred at 6:45pm in the area between Dahijuri and Belpahari in the Binpur parliamentary constituency when the EC officials, escorted by para-military personnel, was returning after conducting polling at a school building in a forest, the Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) said. While three of the victims were identified, the fourth body could not be recognised, said the District Magistrate N. S. Nigam.
April 29: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up an electricity supply tower at Bodli village in the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, 550 kilometres south of State capital Raipur. As the supply was disrupted after the tower collapsed, more than 700 villages in the area were plunged into darkness. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg said, "The damage was not serious and hence, the power company officials managed to erect it in the day."
April 27: A group of around 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the panchayat (village level self-government institution) building at Telarai village under the Kalimela Police Station in Malkangiri District of Orissa using landmines. The incident occurred when the administration and Police were busy planning the re-polling exercise in 17 booths of the District scheduled to be held on May 3. Maoist violence disrupted polling in these booths during the first phase of elections on April 16.
April 23: Four Security Force personnel and a civilian were killed in a landmine explosion triggered by the CPI-Maoist near Karpoori Chowk in the Mohabbatpur village of Muzaffarpur District in Bihar. A civilian driver also sustained serious injuries in the blast. The victims were all part of an Election Commission team and were returning to deposit the Electronic Voting Machines in the Vaishali parliamentary constituency.
Police said the Maoists also triggered an explosion on the road between Giridih and Dumri areas of Jharkhand and cut trees to block it.
Maoists attacked a CRPF camp and blew up the Chiyanki railway station in Palamau District of Jharkhand. They also bombed the outer cabin of the railway station. The cabin man and porter have been missing since the attack.
April 22: A series of landmine blasts were triggered in the Lalgarh area of West Midnapore District of West Bengal, about 150 kilometres from the State capital Kolkata. However, no casualty was reported in the incidents.
April 21: In the Aurangabad District of Bihar, the insurgents blew up a community centre in Deo block. However, no causalities were reported in the incident.
The Maoists blew up a school and health centre in the Narayanpur village of Chatra District in Jharkhand.
A group of over 50 Maoists bombed the Utari Road railway station and also destroyed a nearby track in the Palamau District of Jharkhand. Police said the militants had planned to target the New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express, which was to pass through the station 30 minutes after the blast.
April 19: The CPI-Maoist called for a Jharkhand-Bihar general shutdown on April 22, a day before the second phase of parliamentary elections, in protest against the "killing of five villagers" by CRPF personnel at Barhania valley in Latehar District in Jharkhand on April 15. The encounter occurred immediately after a landmine explosion was carried out by the Maoists. The CRPF personnel claimed that the five were Naxalites, but villagers said they were innocent.
Two persons were injured when a landmine planted by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres, adjacent to an illicit liquor shop, exploded in the Purulia District of West Bengal. The Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Yadav, said the owner of the shop and a customer was at the incident site at around 7am (IST) when the landmine exploded injuring the duo. Maoists had earlier put up posters in the area demanding an immediate closure of all such shops.
About a dozen armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a school building in Kiukra village under Pirtand Police Station in Giridih District of Jharkhand, days after the Security Forces (SFs) used it as a shelter during combing operations ahead of the second phase of parliamentary elections in Jharkhand on April 23. This was the 15th Government structure to be destroyed by the Maoists in five Districts for housing SF personnel, on anti-Maoist raid, during the last one month.
April 17: One BSF trooper was killed and three others were injured in a landmine explosion at Kone village in Latehar District of Jharkhand. This was the third such incident in as many days. The BSF personnel and election staff were returning on foot in the morning when the landmine exploded. The explosion occurred after the Security Forces detected two other landmines and defused them.
April 16: Five poll officials, including a zonal officer identified as A.K. Acharya, were killed and many others injured when CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a van ferrying election officials by triggering a landmine blast at Phulwera village in the Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh, said Additional Director General Police Girdhari Nayak.
The SFs neutralized a CPI-Maoist attack when the troops were escorting election officials to the Michgaon polling booth in Maharashtra. "The polling party had decided to halt at Michgaon Thursday night fearing an attack. It had faced an attack earlier. We sensed the danger and worked out a plan. A reinforcement of C-60 commandos was sent to help the escorting party," said the Anti-Naxal Operations chief Pankaj Gupta, adding, "Around 120 Naxals (left-wing extremists) tried to attack the polling party near Godalwahi village. The Security Forces retaliated fiercely compelling them to retreat. The frustrated Naxals then triggered a blast. In fact, we are sure they have lost a couple of their men."
In two separate incidents, armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked polling booths by triggering improvised explosive device (IED) blasts and exchanging fire with the Security Forces in the Dantewada and Narainpur Districts of Chhattisgarh. The attacks took place at Maroki, Mangnar and Jangampal in Dantewada District and in Nernar, Sonapal and Karmari in the Narainpur District. The Superintendent of Police in Dantewada, Rahul Sharma, said the CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at two polling booths - Marokhi and Mangnar in Maoist-hit Dantewada Parliamentary constituency. In Narainpur District, the Maoists exploded IEDs in Sonapal and Kokaneta regions but there was no danger to the polling officials, said Narainpur Superintendent of Police Ambresh Mishra. Parliamentary elections are being held in the State.
Maoist also attacked polling stations in Nernar, Sonapal and Karmari areas of Narainpur District in Chhattisgarh. However, no casualties were reported. Girdhari Nayak said the Maoists carried out blasts at nearly a dozen places while 12 landmines were recovered by the Security Forces.
April 15: The Maoists triggered a landmine blast at Varnia Ghati in the hilly tracts of Barwadi in Latehar District of Jharkhand blowing up a bus ferrying CRPF personnel leading to an exchange of fire with the Security Forces in which two CRPF personnel, a civilian driver and five Maoists were killed. Immediately after the blast, 80 CRPF constables, who had earlier alighted from the bus fearing a Maoist attack since a road stretch had a sharp incline slowing down traffic and were walking behind the vehicle, took positions and fired on the extremists, Inspector General of Police (Provisions) S.N. Pradhan said. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in the State in two phases on April 16 and April 23.
April 14: CPI-Maoist cadres forcefully entered into Gosain-Besra village and blew up a Government primary school housing polling station of the Gaya Parliamentary constituency of Bihar. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in the State between April 16 and May 7.
April 12: Five SF personnel were injured when the CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast targeting the bus on which the SF personnel were traveling on a poll duty near Bhusa Ghati under Gadiras Police Station in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The Maoists fled from the spot when the SFs opened retaliatory fire, said Deputy Inspector General (Naxal) Pawan Dev.
10 persons, including six CPI-Maoist cadres and two SF personnel, were killed in three separate incidents. Four people, including one CRPF personnel and one Police personnel, were killed and another injured in a landmine explosion triggered by the CPI-Maoist when a joint patrolling team of CRPF and local Police was on clearance duty for the elections near the National Highway-16 at Gorla Nala area of Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh. The patrolling team was on its way from Maded Police Station to Bhopalpatnam in the District when the incident occurred. The victims were identified as Mohammad Hussain, a constable belonging to the 170th battalion of the CRPF, Dontay Nag of the local Police and a civilian Kurtam Shankar. However, the identity of the fourth victim has not been ascertained.
April 9: About a dozen armed Maoists blew up the building of the Belhra High School at Bishrampur in the Palamau District in Jharkhand, taking the total number of Government buildings destroyed by them to 10 in different Districts within a week. There was no loss of life in the incident. The Maoists left a note at the incident site claiming responsibility for the blast.
One person was killed and four Security Force (SF) Personnel were injured when a bomb exploded near Majholi village in Palamau District of Jharkhand. The SF personnel were trying to defuse the bomb when it exploded.
About a dozen armed Maoists blew up the building of the Belhra High School at Bishrampur in the Palamau District of Jharkhand, taking the total number of Government buildings destroyed by them to 10 in different Districts within a week. There was no loss of life in the incident. The Maoists left a note at the incident site claiming responsibility for the blast.
April 8: Around 150 armed CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two rooms of a school building and a village level child care centre by detonating dynamites at village Baluar in the Gaya District of Bihar. The school was two kilometers from the ground where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was to address an election rally hours later.
April 7: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a bullet-proof Police van by detonating a landmine, killing two Policemen and injuring five others in the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. However, the District Superintendent of Police, Ankit Garg, escaped unhurt as his vehicle crossed the site minutes before the blast. "Rebels had targeted the District Police chief, but missed," said Pawan Deo, the Deputy Inspector General of Police. According to Deo, Police personnel led by Garg were on en route to Bhopalapatnam in the Bastar District for a search operation when they were ambushed while passing through a mountain pass, some five kilometres from the Bijapur District headquarters. While a constable Nand Kishore Sori died on the spot, another constable, Nohruram Netam, succumbed to injuries on the way to a hospital in Bijapur.
April 6: Around 150 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist attempted to explode a Government school using dynamite at Ketaki village in the Aurangabad District of Bihar. However, the school building was not damaged as the explosion was not powerful. The Maoists took away a generator of the school before the Police reached the spot. According to Police sources, the ongoing attacks on schools by the Maoists have been an attempt to foil the State administration's bid to house Central Reserve Police Force and other para-military forces in schools for deployment in Maoist affected areas during the Parliament elections scheduled to be held in April-May.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a bullet-proof Police van by detonating a landmine, killing two Policemen and injuring five others in the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. However, the District Superintendent of Police, Ankit Garg, escaped unhurt as his vehicle crossed the site minutes before the blast. "Rebels had targeted the District Police chief, but missed," said Pawan Deo, the Deputy Inspector General of Police. According to Deo, Police personnel led by Garg were on en route to Bhopalapatnam in the Bastar District for a search operation when they were ambushed while passing through a mountain pass, some five kilometres from the Bijapur District headquarters. While a constable Nand Kishore Sori died on the spot, another constable, Nohruram Netam, succumbed to injuries on the way to a hospital in Bijapur.
April 5: Over 100 heavily-armed Cadres of the CPI-Maoists blew up the building of Rajkiya Buniyadi Madhya Vidyalaya at Faluka in Gaya District of Bihar.
About 40 cadres of the CPI-Maoists under the leadership of their 'sub-zonal commander' Sanjay Yadav blew up the Project High School at Makka village in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand. The Project High School is located less than a kilometre away from the village middle school where paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) personnel are reportedly camping these days.
April 4: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle was badly damaged in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists at a forest area near Bareni village in Latehar District of Jharkhand. The vehicle was ferrying luggage of CRPF personnel who were returning to their base after handing over charge to BSF personnel for election duty. The Jharkhand Police spokesperson Inspector General S. N. Pradhan said the CRPF personnel had a miraculous escape as they were walking beside the vehicle when the Maoists triggered the landmine blast.
April 2: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's house, a school building and a healthcare centre in the Moktama village of Chatra District in Jharkhand, the Police said. About 50 Maoists barged into BJP leader Mahendra Yadav's house and asked his family members to run out, the report added. They then detonated bombs. They also blew up a school building and an anganvadi (mother and child centre) building in the same village. In the last three days, Maoists have reportedly blown up six Government buildings in the State.
March 31: Around 50 heavily-armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a State-run school at Chormara village under Bhimbandh forest range in the Jamui District of Bihar in the early hours. However, no casualties were reported in the attack, Police said.
March 30: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up four public buildings at different places in the State. A vacant community hall was blown up at Penk village in the Bokaro District of Jharkhand. A separate group of Maoists exploded two buildings housing primary schools in Ghansitola village in the Latehar District. In the third incident, a primary school building in the Banalat area of Gumla District was blown up destroying a portion of the structure. However, no loss of life was reported in any of these incidents.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up four public buildings at different places in the State. A vacant community hall was blown up at Penk village in the Bokaro District of Jharkhand. A separate group of Maoists exploded two buildings housing primary schools in Ghansitola village in the Latehar District. In the third incident, a primary school building in the Banalat area of Gumla District was blown up destroying a portion of the structure. However, no loss of life was reported in any of these incidents.
March 29: A group of uniformed CPI-Maoist cadres armed with sophisticated weapons blew up an Aircel telecom tower and a house at Daihar village in the Chouparan area of Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand. According to the Sub-divisional Police officer (SDPO) of Barhi, Arun Kumar Sinha, the house belonged to one Gopal Singh, who was a member of the Shastra People’s Morcha, a breakaway group of the CPI-Maoist. No loss of life was reported from the house as it was abandoned. Before leaving, the Maoists left pamphlets, saying Gopal Singh’s house was blown up as he and Shastra People’s Morcha were behind the killing of four members of the outfit two months ago in Jori. They also asked the villagers to boycott the election.
One forest employee was injured and four others went missing after Maoists, in a simultaneous attack, blew up three forest range offices, looted tourists, damaged communication system and torched two vehicles in the Similipal Tiger Project (STP) in Mayurbhanj District of Orissa. The Maoists decamped with eight rifles and VHF communication sets from forest range offices. "Using explosives, they razed the range offices at Barahakamuda, Chahala and Dhuduruchampa located in the core areas of the tiger reserve in a four-hour-long attack that ended around 2.30 a.m.," Field Director of the STP N. Nagaraj Reddy said. However, it was not clear whether the missing employees had fled or were abducted by the ultras, the Police sources said.
March 24: A constable, identified as Ashwani Kumar, was killed and two other Policemen were injured in an hour-long encounter which followed a bomb blast by the CPI-Maoist cadres during a combing operation in a forested stretch of Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. According to Police sources, the encounter occurred in the early morning when a 75-member Police squad was on its way to neutralise a Maoist hideout. "Armed guerrillas carried out a flash attack, but the search squad retaliated immediately. The guerrillas had to run for cover in the nearby forests," said Pawan Deo, the Deputy Inspector General of Police.
March 21: A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the railway tracks between the Buraru and Pairayya stations of Gaya District in Bihar. The blast uprooted both the up and down tracks and damaged the overhead traction wires.
The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a primary school and a primary health centre at Nitar under Manatu Police Station in Palamu District of Jharkhand. Superintendent of Police Ravi Kant Dhan informed the media on March 22 that the walls of both the buildings were badly damaged, while doors, furnitures and other goods were reduced to ashes.
March 17: Two constables of the Anti-Naxal Force were injured when a group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres lobbed grenades at the SF personnel during a combing operation in the forests near Matuvalli village in the Sringeri Taluk of Chikmagalur District in Karnataka. The Maoists exploded about eight grenades during the encounter, which immediately followed the incident, added the report.
March 13: A local committee member of the ruling CPI-M had a narrow escape on when a landmine, suspected to have been planted by cadres of the CPI-Maoist, missed its target at Lachipur village at tribal-dominated Lalgarh in the West Midnapore District of West Bengal. The landmine exploded barely a minute after Chandi Karan, a member of the Beltikri local committee of the CPI-M, and a security man riding on the pillion of his motorcycle, passed a desolate spot where the landmine was planted, the Police said.
March 8: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and one civilian were injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists near Kanjgiro village in the Bokaro District of Jharkhand.
March 1: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up 150 feet of railway tracks at Bhalui halt between Kiul and Jhajha in the Jamui District of Bihar on the Howrah-Delhi mainline.
February 28: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up two railway stations on the Howrah-Mumbai and Rourkela-Barasuan section in the Sundergarh District of Orissa. While one group of around 70 Maoists, including some women, blew up the Bhalulata railway station, another group of Maoists attacked the railway station at Chandiposh on Rourkela-Barasuan section. Maoists also abducted two railway officials from Chandiposh.
Maoists blew up a Government building in the Lathear District of Jharkhand.
February 27: A group more than 30 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the Panchayat (village-level local self Government) building in Mahdand village of the Palamau District of Jharkhand. However, no one was injured in the incident.
February 22: A group of approximately 70 CPI-Maoist cadres attacked the house of a contractor, B.K. Swain, at Govindpali village in the Malkangiri District and shot him dead. The Maoists also blew up his house besides setting ablaze four vehicles. Later, the Maoists set ablaze a Police outpost and blew up a mobile phone tower of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in the same village.
February 18: Three CRPF personnel were killed and nine others injured in an ambush carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres when the CRPF team was patrolling at village Mankapal under Koilibeda Police Station in the Kanker District. The Maoists first detonated a powerful landmine targeting the Security Forces who narrowly managed to escape the blast. Subsequently, the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire targeting the CRPF personnel killing three of them while injuring nine others.
February 16: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a bridge using dynamite near Baghaura under Roh Police Station in the Nawada District.
13 Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel were injured in a CPI-Maoist-triggered landmine blast at Andhari Ghati near Adaba Police Station in the Gajapati District. The SOG personnel were travelling to Katama village in a minibus where they had organised a health camp to increase their relationship with the villagers.
February 15: About 150 suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a wall of an under-construction jail after forcing workers out of the building in the Sheohar District. The Maoists also left behind pamphlets that warned of more such attacks.
February 11: A six-member Police team headed by a SHO escaped unhurt when suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered a landmine explosion in the Gaya District. The landmine exploded seconds before the armoured vehicle carrying the Police party was returning from Gaya, said Superintendent of Police Malar Vizzi.
February 9: More than 100 cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up the house of one Chandrashekhar Dagi, an assistant jailer in the Hazaribagh central jail, in the Lembugua village of Chatra District accusing him of torturing Maoists in the jail. The Maoists asked all the people inside to come out before blowing up the house. No one was injured in the incident, though the house was completely destroyed.
February 2: A group of 50 Maoist cadres blew up a transmission tower of Airtel situated in the Garo village of Chatra District. More than 13 such towers have been blown up by the Maoists in the State in the last three years.
January 22: Maoists blew up a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited mobile tower at Nayakagawn village under Dumaria Police Station of Gaya District during their general shut down call.
January 17: Six Policemen were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the Latehar District. "The explosion took place around 1.30 pm when the police personnel were on patrol at Do-Pahani village,'' Inspector General (Police) G. S. N. Pradhan said. While five Policemen died on the spot, one constable succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Police suspect the possibility of Maoists triggering the blast to avenge their ‘zonal commander’ Sashi Bhuiyan''s arrest in the Gumla District on January 15. The explosion coincided with a bandh (shut down) called by the CPI-Maoist in Gumla, Simdega, Latehar, Lohardaga and Ranchi Districts in protest against Bhuiyan''s arrest.
January 16: Three CPI-Maoist cadres, along with eight under-trial prisoners, escaped from the Jammui District civil court premises while they were being brought to the court for regular production. A group of 50 Maoists waiting at the court premises attacked the Police party by spraying chilli powder. They also exploded bombs as the Policemen tried to stop them. Three Police personnel sustained injuries. In the ensuing chaos, three Maoists, identified as Sunil Baitha, Paresh Hembram and Vivek Yadav, escaped from Police custody.
January 11: A CRPF trooper was killed and another sustained injuries in a landmine explosion triggered by the Maoists at Gorabandha in the East Singhbhum District. "Shivpal Singh, a havildar, was killed in the blast at Rajabasa-Kirodari village and a constable, Jitendra Singh, was rushed to Tata Main hospital with critical injuries," Deputy Commissioner of East Singhbhum, Ravindra Agarwal, told PTI.