Monday, June 22, 2009

Ammo haul from bunker

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Giridih, June 21: A huge cache of ammunition — suspected to be used by Naxalites — was found in a bunker in Bagoder hours before a two-day Maoist bandh in five states from tomorrow.

“We got a tip-off that the Maoists had brought ammunition in Bagoder to use during the bandh,” said superintendent of police Aseem Vikrant Minz.

The bandh has been called to protest police action in Lalgarh in Bengal’s West Midnapore district.

Dumri, Saria and Bagoder police along with CRPF jawans raided hardcore Naxalite Baidyanath Mahto’s house in Rakhat village in Munro panchayat late last night. “However, during the raid, Baidyanath was near his residence. There was a bunker where the ammunition had been hidden,” said Minz, adding 558 pieces of gelatin sticks, one live can bomb and 4km long wire were found.

“The ammunition have been used in ambush attacks and their conditions prove that the Maoists had planned to use it recently,” he added.

Baidyanath’s father Bhikhu Mahto and a suspected Maoist, Jetho Mahto, were arrested. Though the Maoists did not trigger any blast or a major attack recently in Giridih, sources said the district had been used as a training ground for Naxalite action squad members to unleash red terror in Bihar and Bengal.

Arrests

The police have arrested four persons from Dhanbad and Bokaro in the past 12 hours for alleged links with the Maoists.

Last night, two businessmen brothers, Sandip and Uttam Agrawal, from Dhansar in Dhanbad were rounded up for supplying explosives to Maoists in Nepal.

A police team from Hazaribagh raided a nursing home in Bokaro this afternoon and arrested doctor R.K. Lal and his compounder, for alleged connections with top Naxalites.

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