Monday, June 22, 2009

4 held for rebel link

SHASHANK SHEKHAR

The Agrawal brothers’ office and godown at Dhansar, Dhanbad. (Gautam Dey)
Dhanbad/Bokaro, June 21: The police have arrested four persons from Dhanbad and Bokaro in the past 12 hours for their alleged links with Maoists.

Last night, two businessmen brothers from Dhansar in Dhanbad were rounded up for supplying explosives to Maoists in Nepal. Sandip and Uttam Agrawal, residents of Jharia, were arrested by a joint team of Bihar and Dhanbad police after two Nepalese Maoists in the Bihar police net spilled the beans.

Meanwhile, a police team from Hazaribagh raided a nursing home at a co-operative colony in Bokaro this afternoon and arrested a doctor and his compounder, who are said to have connections with the top Naxalites of Jharkhand. Doctor R.K. Lal and his employee S. Kumar were whisked away to Hazaribagh even before the Bokaro police learnt about the operation.

Shedding light on the Dhanbad arrests, highly placed police sources said that the brothers had a firm, Euro-sales, which procured explosives for coal mines. But the duo, along with another trader of Koderma Sabir Ahmad who was arrested by the Bokaro police around nine months ago, used to run a racket of supplying explosives to the Maoists in Nepal. They sent nitro-glycerin, detonators and safety fuses hidden under huge sacks of stone chips via trucks.

Sources added that the explosives used to come from Asansol on autos and jeeps. The consignment was received by the Agrawal brothers at their office. Thereafter, they handed over the items to Sabir, who kept them at his godown in Chandankyari. Sabir then handed over the items to Maoists in Nepal.

The seizure of a truck with 1,000kg of nitro-glycerine, 6,000 detonators and 10 safety coil fuses, which were concealed under stone chips bags, at Nalanda on Friday night has links with the explosives supply racket in Dhanbad and Bokaro. Though special task force of Bihar made the haul, the plan was chalked out by IG (operations), Bihar, Suresh Bharadwaj about six weeks ago. Bharadwaj acted after intercepting phone calls of three persons, including Sabir.

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