Maoist carrying Rs 14 lakh bounty shot dead near Kanha | Bhopal News


JABALPUR: A man suspected of being a Maoist with a reward of Rs 14 lakh on his head was shot dead by the MP police’s Hawk Force near Kanha National Park in Balaghat district, close to the Chhattisgarh border, late Wednesday night.
Police identified him as Chaitu, alias Markam Hidma, a native of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, who was an area committee member of Malajkhand Dalam.
According to Balaghat DIG Mukesh Kumar Srivastava, they received intelligence that a group of Maoists was hiding in Khamkodadar forest. A Hawk Force team from Motinala, around 45 km away, set out to intercept them.
The cops surrounded the insurgents just after midnight and ordered them to surrender but the Maoists began shooting at the Hawk Force team, say police. Chaitu was killed in the ensuing encounter. His companions escaped under cover of darkness.
The Hawk Force has launched a search operation to track down the insurgents but they may have crossed over to Chhattisgarh, which is barely 10 km from the encounter site.
Chaitu (25) was involved in several attacks on security forces and the MP police had announced a reward of Rs 14 lakh for his arrest.
Chaitu is the fourth Maoist to be killed in MP this year. On September 29, MP police had gunned down Maoist leader Kamalu of the Tada Dadeksa dalam. Kamalu carried a bounty of Rs 14 lakh. And on April 22 two women Maoists, carrying a combined bounty of Rs 28 lakh and wanted in four states, were gunned down in a jungle in Balaghat district.
On April 22, police scored a big success by arresting a high-ranking Maoist operative, Ashok Reddy Ufay Ladwe (62), who carried a reward of Rs 82 lakh.
Maoist banners and pamphlets were found recently near Songudda police post in Rupjhar police station area, and near a hospital on Sundarwahi road.


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