Bijapur Encounter ‘Revenge’ Taken By Naxals, 1 killed

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Raipur: Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district witnesses Naxals torching two buses after asking passengers to alight, police said. One person was reported to have been killed by naxals at the spot, they said.

Police recovered an AK-47, an SLR rifle, five INSAS rifles, one .303 rifle, a pistol, a Sony wireless set, three laptops, detonators, Rs 41,000 in cash, and other explosive materials and literature from the site

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“There were three buses and it can be a case of personal revenge. The victim had murdered his wife in 2012 and was released in 2017. There are also reports that her brother was in Naxals. They stopped buses to search for him only,” SP Sukma Abhishek Meena. The incident took place between Peddakudthi and Penta villages under Dornapal police station limits when the two buses, were heading to Hyderabad.

Armed ultras stopped the buses between Peddakudthi and Penta and asked the passengers to get down from the vehicles following which they set it ablaze, he said. Besides, naxals also reported to have torched a truck which was passing through the spot during the incident, he said.

Naxals might have executed the incident in retaliation to the recent encounter on March 2 in Pujari Kanker area of Bijapur district wherein their 10 colleagues were gunned down by Greyhounds force of Telangana, he said.

In reply to the recent encounter in Bijapur that killed 10 Naxals, the Maoists on Monday night torched three buses and trucks and killed a man near Penta area of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

Posters and banners have also been found, mentioning that the attack on the buses was a revenge to the recent Naxal encounter in Bijapur.

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