Ranchi: During the month-long ‘Operation Monsoon’, the CRPF team in a joint venture with state police arrested 33 Naxals in Saranda, Jharkhand. In addition 179 landmines were traced, three pistols, 226 round bullets and Rs 4.33 laks cash were recovered.

During the anti-Naxal campaign, security Forces demolished seven training camps and came across encounter on five occasions, besides registering 12 FIRs.
Addressing a press conference jointly on Friday, Kolhan DIG Naveen Kumar Singh, IG (Operations) R K Mallick and CRPF DIG (Operation) Bhanu Pratap Singh provided the details of ‘Operation Monsoon’.

They told media persons that 8 landmines from Gundijoda, 157 from Tirilposi, 2 from Ratamati and 8 landmines from Nuagaon village were traced. While elaborating other achievements, the senior officers claimed that no innocent villager was killed during the operation.

Giving clarification on such questions, Mallick said that one villager was killed long before the operation started, whereas probe in another killing is being conducted.

The officers also spoke about the recent encounter between police and Naxalites on Thursday. Police claimed to have arrested and killed six Naxals during the encounter in Seraikela and West Singhbhum.

(JPN/Bureau)