Sukma attack: Key Naxal involved in killing CRPF personnel surrenders in Chhattisgarh

In what the police claimed to be a crucial achievement, a key Maoist cadre who was allegedly involved in the deadly attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel last month has surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

PTI May 17, 2017 22:24:00 IST
Sukma attack: Key Naxal involved in killing CRPF personnel surrenders in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: In what the police claimed to be a crucial achievement, a key Maoist cadre who was allegedly involved in the deadly attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel last month has surrendered in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

According to police, the surrendered ultra has admitted to have arranged meeting between New Delhi-based social activists and Maoist leaders in Sukma. "Podiyam Pandu alias Panda (45) had surrendered on 9 May at Sukma district headquarters and was presented before media on Thursday," Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.

Sukma attack Key Naxal involved in killing CRPF personnel surrenders in Chhattisgarh

File image of the scene of Maoists massacre in Sukma. PTI

Panda, a Jan militia deputy commander of Maoists, was allegedly involved in the attack on CRPF patrolling party on 24 April last in Burkapal area under Chintagufa police station limits wherein 25 personnel were killed, he added. He had earlier served as Sarpanch of Chintagufa village while his wife is the incumbent sarpanch of the village. The ultra was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.

During interrogation, he revealed that Naxals were keeping an eye on the activities of security forces in Burkapal and Chintagufa axis since 15 April before executing the attack, the SP said.

According to Panda, on 24 April, lower rung cadres had tipped off about the movement of paramilitary forces from their camp, to armed ultras who were stationed at Kasalpada village, around 7-8 kilometres away from the spot, he said.

Subsequently, the rebels laid the ambush within an hour at a targeted location and launched the attack at around 11:30 am. Armed with Insas rifle, Panda was also among the attackers, the SP claimed.

After the encounter, Panda and his associates shifted their injured colleagues and the dead body of Naxal commander Anil towards Kasalpada. He came back to his house the same evening after returning his rifle to Maoist commander Arjun, he added.

Panda had contacted Chintagufa police on 7 May expressing his desire to join the mainstream and later brought to Sukma where he finally turned himself in on 9 May, the SP said.

A native of Chintagufa, Panda has been associated with senior Maoist leaders, including Ramanna, Hidma, Maddana, Paparao and Situ since 1997, and acting as a courier for them for transporting various commodities after procuring it from cities, the SP said.

In 2014, he left his native place and shifted to nearby Minpa village where he started working with Duled Janatana Sarkar squad which was being headed by commander Aayta. Later in 2016, he was elevated as militia deputy commander, he said. He was a key cadre in the region and has been instrumental in executing several deadly attacks in south Bastar, including Tadmetla attack wherein 76 troopers were
killed (2010) and Kasalpada attack in which 14 CRPF personnel were killed (December 2014), he added.

Besides, Panda was also part of the Naxals squad that had kept then Sukma Collector Alex Pual Menon in its captivity in 2012, he added.

Panda also revealed that he had arranged meetings of activists from Delhi with Maoist leaders like Ramanna and Hidma several times in the interior villages of Sukma, the SP said, adding that his surrender is an important achievement for the cops.

According to police sources, Panda was also familiar with urban network of Maoists and played a crucial role in arranging meetings of Maoist sympathisers from the town with ultras in jungles. His interrogation may facilitate the arrest of Maoist supporters in urban areas, sources added.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Hathras gangrape victim's kin living in conditions akin to house arrest, says PUCL
India

Hathras gangrape victim's kin living in conditions akin to house arrest, says PUCL

The civil rights body also demanded security for the family and their rehabilitation through the Nirbhaya Fund. It also said that the name of PFI has been dragged into the case to create a Hindu-Muslim chasm and divert attention

CGPSC 2021: State Service prelim exam to be held on 14 Feb, register at psc.cg.gov.in
India

CGPSC 2021: State Service prelim exam to be held on 14 Feb, register at psc.cg.gov.in

The registration process for the prelim exam will start from 14 Dec. Candidates can apply online till 12 January 2021

Ravana in the Ram Rajya age: A look at cultures that revere the mythological figure
India

Ravana in the Ram Rajya age: A look at cultures that revere the mythological figure

Several communities in India are resisting, both knowingly and unknowingly, the imposition of a universal telling of the Ramayana that seeks to deny their particular histories.