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Maoist area commander arrested in Gaya April 8, 2007

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Alok Kumar
Gaya, April 08, 2007
First Published: 20:51 IST(8/4/2007)
Last Updated: 20:53 IST(8/4/2007)

A suspected Maoist area commander, Hriday Ravidas, was arrested after a gunbattle between the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans and ultras at village Hasanpur under Aanti police station on Sunday afternoon. Forced to retreat, the ultras left behind a large quantity of arms and ammunition.

These included three rifles, an SLR, two country-made carbines, around 200 cartridges, besides Naxal literature and commando uniforms. No casualty has been reported from either side.

Later, police also took into custody four persons of village Hasanpur, who were being interrogated at Konch PS.
According to information, two platoons of CRPF along with the local cops launched a combing operation at village Gauri Bigha and Korap under Aanti police station on Saturday night following a tip-off about the presence of an armed Maoist squad there. When the cops were returning after the raids on Sunday noon, the Maoists started firing at them near village Hasanpur. The jawans also retaliated forcing the ultras to retreat, said CRPF assistant commandant SK Savita.

Later, Gaya SP Dr Amit Kumar Jain and CRPF commandant Rajeev Ranjan arrived at the spot to interrogate those taken into custody.

Two days earlier also, police had recovered two rifles, two pistols, one carbine (all country-made), three cane bombs, two wireless handsets, one static wireless set, five cartridges, one Bindolia, two black uniforms worn by PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army) squad, besides 50 kg explosives, during raids at village Tetaria under Fatehpur police station.

Naxalite top gun, booty in police net February 22, 2007

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Hazaribagh, Feb. 20: In a surprise raid in small hours today, police arrested a zonal commander of Maoists with six of his associates at Bundu village, about 70 km off the district headquarters.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition as well Rs 10 lakh were recovered from their possession. The arrested persons include a schoolteacher, who allegedly possessed the cash collected by Maoists as levy.

Even as police officials declined to speak in details on the arrests, Hazaribagh superintendent of police Praveen Kumar Singh confirmed the arrest of Maoist zonal commander, Bhagirath, and his associates.

Sources said Bhagirath was being interrogated at Barkagaon police station.

Bhagirath, said sources, used to take the final decision on all issues in Giridih zone, which includes Hazaribagh and Chatra districts.

Acting on a tip-off last night, a team was constituted under Keredari police station officer-in-charge Amarnath Thakur.

The team, including assistant sub-inspector R.B. Ram, set off for Bundu village around midnight. According to sources, Bhagirath alias Raghunathji was sleeping, when the police team swooped down on the house where the Naxalite zonal commander had taken shelter around 4 am.

On the basis of the statement of Bhagirath, six others, including two women, were arrested.

The persons nabbed have been identified as Jagdish Mahto, Rajkumar Mahto, Kailash Mahto, Meena Devi and her daughter and Paulus Oraon, a government schoolteacher.

The sources said Rs 4 lakh was recovered from their possession, besides self-loading rifles and carbines.

The schoolteacher was arrested after Bhagirath told the police that Paulus was given Rs.5.67 lakh to keep at a safe place.

The police immediately nabbed Oraon, who told them that Vipin Singh, another teacher, had kept the amount at his house in Huntergunj of Chatra.

Immediately, Chatra police was contacted and the amount was recovered from Vipin’s house.