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Bihar: Maoist leaders Arrested

HAZARIBAG: The Hazaribag police on Tuesday arrested four Maoists leaders, including the sub-zonal commander of a CPI(Maoist), Bhagirath Mahto, from separate places and recovered firearms and Rs 9.5 lakh in cash. Hazaribag SP Praveen Kumar Singh headed the task force, which comprised the jawans of JAP and CRPF.

The SP told this correspondent over phone that the police were tipped-off that Bhagirath had taken refuge in the house of one Meena Devi in Bundu village under the Keredari police station of the district. A task force was immediately constituted, which raided Meena Devi's house in Bundu village and arrested Bhagirath, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head.

Bhagirath was wanted in over three dozen cases related to Naxal activities. "Bhagirath's arrest is a big achievement for the police," the SP remarked. The district police chief further said that on the basis of revelations made by Bhagirath, the police conducted another raid in village Hafua under the Patratu police station and arrested three hardcore Maoists Jagdish Mahato, Kailash Mahato and Ramkumar Mahato. The police also recovered 10 rifles, one pistol, a revolver and Rs 4.5 lakh in cash from their hideout.

On the basis of information from the arrested Maoists, the police raided a place under the Huntergunj police station of Chatra district and recovered Rs 5 lakh in cash. Raids continued when reports last came in. Earlier in the day, Maoists killed a government employee, Dwarika Nath Singh, in Kharna village under the Bishnugarh police station of Hazaribag district. The incident occurred when Singh was returning to his village on his motorcycle after the day's work.

According to the police, the Maoists waylaid Singh and took him to the nearby jungles where they slit his throat with some sharp weapon. The police recovered Singh's body. The police also recovered some pamphlets from the spot in which the Naxals had taken the responsibility of killing Singh for being a police informer. The Hazaribag SP, however, denied that Singh was a police informer. No arrest has been made so far.

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posted by Resistance 2/22/2007 02:20:00 AM,

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