Seven Maoists arrested in Bihar
BANKA, BIHAR: Seven hardcore Maoists were today arrested by security forces from a bus stand in Banka district of Bihar, a police official said. The security forces comprising CRPF, Special Task Force and district police, carried out a joint operation and arrested the seven harcore Maoists from Pokharia bus stand under Banka police station, Superintendent of Police Satya Prakash said. Five country-made pistols, 20-25 litres of petrol, ropes besides naxal literature were seized from the ultras, he said. Five of the seven arrested Maoists have been identified as Pappu Yadav, Ashok Tanti, Mangal Singh, Pankaj Yadav and Vimal Rai, the SP said.
NIA probing Maoist presence in Cachar
SILCHAR, Aug 30 – At a time when senior Maoists are being arrested from Cachar district in Barak Valley, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is exploring options to look for possible clues of Maoist base in South Assam. A day after three Maoists supporters were arrested, a team of officers from NIA, IB and CID (Kolkata) visited Katigorah in Cachar district. A police source said the Maoists are trying to create a red corridor connecting Manipur and Assam using the bordering areas of Cachar district.
Rajveer Singh, SP of Cachar said that since this is an inter-State issue, hence the NIA and other investigating teams visited the locale to take stock of the situation. “Nirmala Biswas, one of the senior Maoist leaders and the head of the women wing here in the valley and who was arrested recently has been involved in a number of attacks on police and security officials,” Singh informed. A case has been registered against the six Maoist cadres under Section 17 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention (UAP) Act 1967 and the Maoist supporters have been charged with Section 19 of the same Act.