Three Maoists arrested; arms and ammunition seized in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Three naxals were arrested on Tuesday and a
cache of arms, ammunition and electronic gadgets seized after security forces
busted a Maoist transit camp in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said.
The incident took place at Rampur village forests,
close to Mendki river, under Pratappur police station limits, Kanker
superintendent of police RN Dash said.
Acting on specific inputs, a joint squad of 127th
battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force was dispatched on a
combing exercise from eight different company operating bases (COBs) in Badgaon
region, located around 300 kms from here.
On reaching Rampur, located 35km south of Badgaon,
security personnel spotted three naxals in the forests following which they
surrounded the area and nabbed the cadres, the SP said. The arrested - Dharmu
Podo (26), Rai Singh (47) and Nar Singh (35) - are wanted in several incidents
of crime in the region, he said.
Besides, two single barrel muzzle loading guns (SBML),
a pipe bomb, a half kg explosive, three detonators, battery chargers, wires,
couple of batteries, flash light batteries, electric circuits (big and small
size), a loud speaker, naxal posters and pamphlets, ammunition pouch and
medicines, were recovered from their possession, he added.
The operation named ‘Meghdoot’, was planned ahead of
ongoing Martyrs’ Naxal week which is being observed by the naxals from July 28
to August 3, Dash said.
Notably, combing operations have been intensified in
the insurgency-hit pockets of the state, particularly in Bastar during Maoist’s
martyrs week. The call for observing martyrs' week has hit normal life in
Bastar region as transporters have stopped plying buses to the remote areas.
Railways too are not running the
Visakhapatnam-Kirandul train beyond Jagdalpur during the week, fearing Naxal
attacks, forcing commuters to travel by bus from Jagdalpur to Kirandul.