JAMSHEDPUR: The Seraikela-Kharswan district police arrested two suspected Maoist aides from Gurma village under Ichagarh police station area late on Sunday. The rebels, identified as Parakshit Mahato (31) and Sadaquat Ali alias Abdul Gaffar (34), were picked up from the former’s house following raids that were conducted on a tip-off. The police also recovered 25 detonators, 70-meter-long piece of black cloth, 20 pieces of detergent cakes, three mobile phones and Rs 60,000 in cash from the accused. Both the arrested rebels have been forwarded to the Seraikela sub divisional jail on Monday. Abdul Gaffar is a resident of Chowra village under Tiruldih police station area, but was staying with his in-laws in Gurma for the last few days to coordinate with Mahato.
“They were planning to ferry the consignment to the Kundan Pahan squad to Arki in Khunti district,” said a senior police officer of the district. District police superintendent Upendra Kumar said: “The two arrested rebels are activists of the Kundan Pahan squad and have been involved in ferrying explosives to the squad leaders in the past.” The security force, consisting of district police personnel and CRPF men, raided the hideout while returning from the Long Range Patrolling late on Sunday. It is suspected that Pahan and his key aides – including Somra Hansda, an accused in the infamous Seraikela jailbreak case, and Maharaj Parmanik – are hiding in the forest cover of Arki.