Two Maoist operatives, two others arrested in Sheohar
The Bihar Police have arrested four persons including two Maoist operatives from a village in the Sheohar district of Bihar on Thursday. Police officers said the two arrested Maoists have been identified as Devendra Sahni and Bharat Thakur and they were nabbed from Aura Malkana village under Tariyani Chowk police station in the district. “Both are suspects in several cases of violence across Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and other places. The police had been searching for them for the past several years,” said Tariyani Chow Station House Officer (SHO) Sanjay Rai. Mr. Rai said the other two arrested persons were not Maoists, but seem to have links with the two arrested Naxals and the police were trying to verify their identities and links with the subversives.
The SHO said the arrested Maoists were being interrogated to find out their plans in the district. Sheohar district, located around 140 km north of Patna and close to the Indo-Nepal border has not been affected much by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) unlike its neighbouring Sitamarhi, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur districts.
4,225 detonators recovered from Bihar Maoist stronghold
Over 4,200 detonators were recovered Thursday in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police said. Rohtas Superintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Kushwaha said a huge quantity of explosives, including 4,225 detonators, 1,200 gelatin sticks and 15 kg ammonium nitrate, was recovered. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided a house in Karbandia locality near Sasaram, the district headquarter. One man was also arrested in this connection. Last week also police had recovered a huge quantity of explosives, including 3,550 detonators, 1,791 gelatin sticks and 5 kg ammonium nitrate, from a village near Sasaram.
Police had arrested three people in this connection. Rohtas is considered to be a Maoists stronghold. According to police, recovered material, including ammonium nitrate, is used for making improvised explosive devices and bombs. The state police along with the central paramilitary forces have intensified combing operations against Maoists in different parts of Bihar.
Maoist extremists held in Nalbari
Nalbari police have arrested four dreaded Maoist extremists and seized two powerful grenades from their possession on Thursday. Acting on a tip off that a gang of Maoist extremists hailing from Jharkhand has been camping in Koithalkuchi area, police conducted a raid at a house where they were captured. They were believed to have been camping there to strike in the run up to the Independence Day celebrations. Two powerful hand grenades were also seized from their possession.