Three Maoists Held with Land Mines in C'garh

Three Maoists Held with Land Mines in C'garh

Three Naxals were arrested when they were allegedly trying to plant land mines near a rivulet in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit Dantewada district today, police said.

"The Jan Militia cadres were apprehended near Rewali rivulet under Aranpur police station limits by a joint team of district force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Task Force (STF)," Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.

Based on specific inputs about the movement of a huge group of cadres in Burgum and Neelawaya region, located around 500 kms away from the state capital, separate joint squads were mobilized there from Dantewada and Sukma districts on August 3, the SP said.

"When the security forces were returning to their camp after conducting intense combing in the region, they spotted three ultras planting land mines near Rewali rivulet, after which they were nabbed," he said.

A five kg land mine, 30 meter wire, couple of detonators and other materials were also seized from the spot, he said.

Those arrested were identified as Joga Mandawi (30), Rajaram Sori (19) and Pandu Mandawi (21), all natives of Burgum's Pujaripara area, the SP said, adding, that they were being interrogated.

Meanwhile, in another incident during the operation, a minor exchange of fire took place between security forces and rebels between Burgum and Choperapara village forests yesterday.

However, on finding security personnel zeroing on them, the rebels fled to the core forests taking the advantage of hilly terrain, the SP said.

No injuries or casualties were reported in the incident, the SP added.

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