Maoists snatch walkie-talkies from Railway staff
Jamshedpur, May 20 (PTI) Suspected Maoists snatched walkie-talkies from railway personnel in Ghatsila sub-division of Jharkhand last night, police said today. Ghatsila Sub-Divisional Police officer Sanjeev Besra said the masked Maoists looted four walkie-talkies from the driver, assistant driver, coach guard and from the office of the assistant station master of Kokpara at around 10 PM soon after the train stopped at the station.
Besra, who rushed to the spot after receiving the information, said that the ultras assaulted the assistant station master before they looted a walkie-talkie from his office. He rejected claims that the driver M R Nikkar was abducted and released after some time. Kokpara is situated between Chakulia-Dalbhumgarh stations under Kharagpur division of South Eastern Railway in Naxal-affected Ghatsila sub-division. The train was stranded for about two hours before it left for its onward journey at around midnight, he said.
Three hardcore Maoists held
The Special Task Force (STF) has arrested three hardcore Maoists from a village in Bihar’s Nawada district, a police officer said today. Acting on a tip off, the STF sleuths raided Bhanekhaf village yesterday and nabbed three hardcore Maoists belonging to the proscribed outfit, CPI(Maoist), Rajauli police station in-charge Sanjeev Kumar Gupta said. Two of these ultras have been identified as Mansoor Mian and Vinod Manjhi, he said.
Gupta said that the trio were wanted in several cases of naxal violence, including arson at a camp office of a contrator in Gaya district three months ago. Meanwhile, the Special Task Force (STF) in a joint operation with the local police has arrested two more Maoists from Karnaul Chandi village under Charpokhri police station area in Bihar’s Bhojpur district, the DGP control room said in release.
The arrested Maoists have been identified as Ramkumar Ram and Ram Brajesh Paswan, it said adding, five weapons comprising a .303 rifle, .315 regular rifle and DBBL gun and two country-made pistols, besides eleven ammunition have been seized from them. Both ultras were wanted in over half a dozen cases of Maoist violence in the district, the release said. They duo was being interrogated at Chakpokhri police station to find out details of Maoist activities.
Maoist informer arrested in Garhwa
Garhwa: Ranka police arrested a CPI (Maoist) informer from Joon village under Ranka police station area following a tip-off on Thursday. Police also seized arms and ammunition, including a country-made pistol and two cartridges. Ranka police station officer in-charge Narendra Kumar Sinha said Arun Kumar Singh, a resident of Joon village, was a supporter of Maoist area commander Bhanuji. Singh would convey information to Bhanu’s squad.
“Arun is being interrogated at Garhwa sub-jail,” said Sinha.