Wanted Maoist, woman commander nabbed

Security forces on Friday marked a major success in their fight against Maoists, nabbing two hardcore ultras — including a female platoon commander — in the restive Bastar division.

According to reports, while Bijapur Police succeeded in arresting Maoist military platoon commander Markami Devi, a joint team of the district police and Special Task Force nabbed a hardcore ultra in Kondagaon district.

Bijapur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said, “Commander of Maoist platoon 9 Markami Devi was arrested from Cherla village of Andhra Pradesh, where she was hiding at the residence of her relative.”

“Markami Devi, alias Lucky (27), is wife of Narsingh, a resident of Raspalli village under Pamed Police Station,” he added.

According to sources, after getting information about Markami’s presence across the State border, Bijapur and Sukma police, in a joint operation, established contact with Andhra Pradesh police and nabbed the platoon commander.

Agrawal said a dozen cases of heinous crimes and five standing warrants issued by courts are pending against Markami Devi in the district, whereas police had also announced a Rs 10,000 reward for her arrest.

Meanwhile, Kondagaon Police on Friday arrested a wanted Maoist who carried a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head. Five permanent warrants were issued against Mitku Ram even as the guerrilla evaded arrest for the past five years. According to police sources, Ram is a resident of Mungwal village, under the limits of Bayanar Police Station.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Operations) Surjeet Atri told The Pioneer that Mitku was arrested from his village during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

“A joint team of the district police force and Chhattisgarh Special Task Force was on a search operation near Amgaon, Adnar, Bado and Mungwal villages. The team had information about the presence of Maoists in Mungwal. Security personnel raided the village,” said the ASP.

According to the ASP, Mitku had joined Maoist ranks in 2005. He has also been accused of opening gunfire on the police. With the intention of concealing evidence, Ram had burnt the bodies of three persons and later disposed of them in Mungwal and Cheran nullah. All three residents of village Kejung were killed by the guerrillas in May 2007.

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