Thursday, January 31, 2008

15 Maoists held in Chhattisgarh, explosives seized

Raipur : Police have arrested 15 Maoist guerrillas in Chhattisarh's southern Kanker district and seized explosives from them, an official said Thursday.

"Fifteen leftist insurgents were arrested Wednesday night during police raid at two places in Kanker district's Koyalibera police station area with land mines, explosives and Maoist literature," Pawan Deo, deputy inspector general of Kanker Range, told IANS.

The police also seized an abandoned bag with 23 wireless sets and Maoist literature Wednesday night in state capital Raipur's Bhatagaon area.

On Jan 21, police had seized eight bags with 91 country-made pistols and 26 foreign made wireless sets from Raipur's busy Dangania area.

On Jan 22, police arrested two women insurgents and their male courier in Bhilai and Raipur. Earlier this week, police seized cloth bundles worth Rs.700,000 from tailors at Bilaspur who were asked to stitch Maoist uniforms.

"Since Jan 21 there have been arms drops and subsequent raids at various cities. Police have got details about the Maoists' urban contacts and we are on the lookout for couriers of the terrorists who have been living in Raipur, Bilaspur and Bhilai cities for years," a police official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

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