Saturday, April 14, 2007

Dumka police nabs suspected Maoist, recovers explosives

Brajesh Verma
Dumka, April 14, 2007
First Published: 18:55 IST(14/4/2007)
Last Updated: 22:58 IST(14/4/2007)

Dumka police secured a major breakthrough on Saturday, when it nabbed a suspected Maoist and recovered 3000 detonators and 400 bags of explosives from his possession.

DSP, Charo Lakra, said that the incident should not be isolated from the recent Naxal activities in the district where they have registered their active presence.

DGP, Jharkhand, JB Mahapatra said that the headquarters had received such information and further inquiries were on. He said that it was early to say that the detonator consignments were meant for the Maoist squads operating in Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal.

The police, acting on a tip off, had raided a Rampurhat (West Bengal) bound private bus on Saturday morning near Pusaro bridge, about five kilometers away from the district headquarters. "We were informed that the explosive materials were being ferried on Rinku Bus which started from the famous pilgrimage centre at Deoghar at about 6.30 am," said the DSP.

The police raided the bus and arrested one Sapan Ravi Das, a teenage native of village Rajgram under Suri subdivision of Birbhum district of West Bengal.

On the basis of the information provided by Sapan Ravi Das, the Dumka police rushed to Rampurhat to arrest those to whom the explosives were to be allegedly supplied. The DSP said that Das misled them as no one turned up to receive the consignment. "Das had told the police that two persons would be there to receive these explosives near Rampurhat bus stand, but when the police along with their West Bengal counterparts reached there, there was nobody," the DSP added.

The police also raided several places in Shikaripara block in this connection and detained four persons including Muhammad Riyauddin, Harun Sheikh, Idul Sheikh and Muhammad Jalal, all hailing from West Bengal. The police have been interrogating them to ascertain the destination and intended use of the explosives.

The explosives recovered had markings of the Gomia based Indian Explosive Limited, a Central government unit in Jharkhand. When asked, the DSP said that the explosives could be used as bombs or in deep mining activity.

Sapan Ravi Das admitted that it was his second such trip within a week. "One Musharraf Sheikh had engaged me to procure these explosives from Durgapur village under Kundo police station of Deoghar district. For this I was provided Rs 100," Das said adding that this deal was finalised for Rs 16500.

The police also recovered a railway pass from his possession, which Ravi Das said was used by him to hawk food material in the trains.

Meanwhile, the CPI (Maoists) pasted posters at Silingi village in Kathikund Block of Dumka district where combing operation has already been started by the Indian Reserve Battalion forces. The DSP said that the Maoists had gone on the offensive after a period of lull, but the administration was vigilant.

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