Maoists torch five tractors and two JCV machines at Nuamunda
The extremists, who have been opposing the construction of a new rural road between Urladani and Lahadi, set ablaze five tractors and some machines, police said.
Bhupesh Baghel said that talks can be held with Maoists if they respect the Indian Constitution and give up their weapons.
Effective police action in Maoist areas has helped in controlling the menace to a large extent, said DGP Dr RP Sharma. The Maoists would soon be rooted out from the State, he added.
The entire Kalabera village comprising 36 tribal families was shifted from the top of Ayodhya Hills in Purulia to the plains by the Trinamool government.
Koraput SP Kanwar Vishal Singh said after receiving reliable inputs about the movement of armed Maoist cadres, an operation was planned by the operational headquarters.
While initially, the police said bodies of two Naxals were recovered following the encounter, they later said that only one body was found along with two firearms.
The victim, Sudhir Sarkar, was abducted by Maoists from Bande village in Etapalli tehsil on Sunday evening.
There were at least a dozen intelligence alerts indicating the possibility of precisely such attacks in the Maoist-infested district, but complacency may have overtaken caution, he said.
Gatta Dalam, killed in an encounter with police in Gadchiroli district on April 27, was the wife of influential Naxal leader Bhaskar Hichkani and was carrying a reward of Rs 16 lakh.
Earlier on April 26, Maoists blew up a BJP election office in Palamau district.
Maoists had prior information of the movement of the QRT team so they planted an IED beneath the road and targeted the private vehicle ferrying them, the official said.
15 security personnel and one driver were killed in an IED blast by Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district on May Day.
The incident took place early in the day when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day.
In 2011, 112 security personnel lost their lives, followed by 108 in 2012, 93 in 2013, 81 in 2014, 34 in 2015, 40 in 2016, 56 in 2017, and 52 in 2018, the reply stated.