Madhya Pradesh Timeline 2010
A group of four Naxals (Left Wing
Extremists) set ablaze road construction equipment including two
JCB machines and a pick up vehicle near Balaghat. The four were
members of Malajkhand dalam (group).
Union Minister for Road Transport
and Highways Kamal Nath urged Union Minister for Home Affairs
(MHA) P. Chidambaram to include two more Districts of Madhya Pradesh
in the list of those hit by Naxals [Left Wing Extremism]. The
list of such Districts is the basis of a programme run by the
Road Ministry to provide road connectivity.
Harish Rahgdale (27), a trooper of the Madhya
Pradesh Police's Hawk Force (HF), was killed and Kamlesh, another
trooper, injured in an ambush by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Sitapala
in Balaghat District. Six troopers of the HF, along with Platoon
Commander, were heading to Sitapala on motorbikes when the armed
Maoists opened fire at the troopers, killing Harish. The HF team
retaliated and an exchange of fire ensued during which more than
80 rounds were fired from both sides. However, there was no report
of any casualty from the Maoists side. The surviving troopers
later entered a village in a nearby forest in search of the extremists.
A scuffle broke out between them and the locals, who set ablaze
a Police vehicle that had reached the spot after the incident,
sources said. Balaghat Inspector General of Police C. B. Muniraju
denied the Policemen were assaulted, but admitted that the villagers
had set ablaze a Police vehicle.
Pradesh Government demanded before the Union Government to declare
five more Districts of the State as Naxal-affected in view of
increased CPI-Maoist activities witnessed in these areas. "At
present Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori are treated as Naxal-affected
Districts by the Centre. But in view of the recent Naxal activities
noticed in various other Districts of the State, we have demanded
that the Centre declare Sidhi, Singrauli, Shahdol, Umaria and
Anuppur too as Naxal-affected," Madhya Pradesh State Home
Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said. He said he recently raised the
issue of Naxal movement being noticed in these Districts in the
Zonal Council Meeting in New Delhi, however, the Centre had not
yet accepted the demand.
Note:Compiled from news reports and