Chhattisgarh Police arrests 13 Maoists including two involved in Sukma attack

Raipur: As many as 13 Naxalites, two of them allegedly involved in the deadly attack on the CRPF personnel on 24 April, were arrested on Thursday from two places in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

While 11 cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area, two others were held from Chintalnar police station limits by a joint team of security forces, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P said.

The composite squad of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and district force was out in a search operation in the forests of Chintagufa and Chintalnar, around 450 kilometres from here.

Two ultras, identified as Madkam Deva (23) and Podiyam Joga (25), members of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisaan Mazdoor Sangthan (DAKMS) — a frontal wing of Maoists, were arrested from Chintalnar, the DIG said.

The duo was allegedly involved in the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnels of the 74th Battalion on 24 April in Burkapal area wherein 25 troopers were killed, he said.

Rest of the 11 arrested ultras were also active as lower rung members of the banned outfit and allegedly involved in the incident of triggering a blast coupled with firing on a police party in Bagdeguda area of Chintagufa on 19 May, the officer said.

"Moreover, all of them were allegedly involved in several other Naxal incidents, including attacks on police party and attempt to murder," the DIG said.

They were produced before a local court, which remanded them in judicial custody, he said.

Meanwhile, security forces busted a 'transit camp' of Naxalites following an exchange of fire in Bastar district on Thursday.

A team of the Special Task Force (STF) and the District Reserve Guard (DRG) of police was conducting a combing operation in the interior area within Mardoom police station limits, Superintendent of Police Sheikh Arif Hussain.

A gunbattle broke out when the security forces were cordoning off forests between Kodenar and Kudur after receiving inputs about movement of ultras.

Rebels soon fled, following which the security team came upon a Naxal hideout, used as a 'transit camp' while on the move, and recovered a muzzle-loading gun, a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) and gelatin rods, the superintendent of police said.

Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 21:23 PM

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