Monday, June 22, 2009

Doc, staff held for supplying arms to Naxals

21 Jun 2009, 2236 hrs IST, Divy Khare, TNN



BOKARO: In a major breakthrough, police on Sunday arrested a doctor and his para-medical staff for allegedly mediating in a weapon deal between
suppliers from Bihar and Maoists.

In a joint raid conducted by the Hazaribag and the Bokaro police, the doctor, Ratan Lal, who is also the director of a private nursing home at Cooperative Colony, and his staff were arrested and taken to Hazaribag.

Sources in the police said that the doctor was also suspected of treating injured Maoists in his nursing home.

Hazirabag SP Pankaj Kamboj said that Lal had close links with zonal commander Navin Manjhi. He allegedly played a vital role in supplying arms and ammunition to Maoists.

On a tip-off the police arrested an arms dealer, Sanoj, from Hazaribag bus stand. Sanoj is a resident of Bokaro.

Kamboj said that during police interrogation, Sanoj admitted that he brought arms and ammunition from Munger district of Bihar and supplied to Maoists here.

At the time of the arrest, he was on way to meet the arrested doctor for negotiating supply of around 5000 cartridges and arms. Based on his statement, a police team raided the nursing home and arrested Lal and his staff.

"We have recovered around a sum of Rs 1.6 lakh in cash from Sanoj's residence in Bokaro. The police had also recovered some live cartridges and Rs 1 lakh in cash from the possession of Sanoj at the time of his arrest," the SP said.

Lal has revealed to the police that injured Naxals were treated in his clinic after they suffered injury in operations against police. According to sources, two Naxals were still admitted in his nursing home. The Bokaro police have been alerted and raids are on to nab the Naxals.

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