Saturday, June 20, 2009

Five Naxals held, explosives recovered

20 Jun 2009, 0452 hrs IST, TNN

PATNA: Huge amount of explosives and detonators were recovered in a joint operation by the STF and Nalanda police from a truck on the
Nalanda-Biharshairf Road on Friday. The police also arrested five hardcore Naxalites, including Prawesh Mishra, the brother of top Maoist leader Promod Mishra.

“It is a major achievement. These explosives were meant to be used for subversive activities,” remarked IG (special branch) Binay Kumar.

He said that interrogation of arrested persons was still on. “Initial interrogation has revealed that the explosives were loaded on the truck in Koderma (in Jharkhand) and was on its way to Nepal. Perhaps the explosives would have been down loaded in between,” said Kumar.

Over one ton of explosives and 6,000 detonators were detected on a truck camouflaged as a truck carrying stone chips.

“The detection was made on the basis of a secret information we had received,” remarked Kumar stressing that the Prawesh was brother of top Maoist leader Promod. “The entire family has links with Maoists for a long time. Prawesh has been arrested as a supplier of the explosives. Apparently, Prawesh is the mediator between the supplier and the receiver. We have yet to establish the agency which loaded the consignment in Koderma,” he remarked. The IG (special branch) said that among the arrested were Maoists looking like Nepalis. “But that has yet to be established,” he said. He stressed that various Naxalite groups in Nepal were trying to gain strength.

“But we have to find out if the explosives were meant for Nepal or some other place,” Kumar said. The huge catch of explosives were brought to Mithilesh Stadium in Patna where the five Maoists were being interrogated.

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