Saturday, June 27, 2009

Woman Maoist held for laying landmine

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A woman Maoist, arrested on Sunday from Hazaribagh along with two others, has confessed to the police about her role in laying landmines in Giridih on February 14, 2008. The attack had killed six policemen.

Kunti Devi alias Duladi, held along with Sanoj Kumar and Ratan Lal Manjhi, has told the police as the secretary of the Nari Mukti Sanghatan — the CPI(Maoist)’s women wing — she had mobilised women and participated in the laying of landmine in Giridih district. The other two accused had allegedly provided medical assistance to the Maoists.

Hazaribagh SP Pankaj Kamboj said Kumar was arrested when he was about to board a bus for Dehri-on-Sone in Bihar and was on his way to purchase arms and ammunition for the rebels.

The police recovered Rs 1 lakh and samples of cartridges for SLR, .303, .9 mm revolvers from his possession.After interrogating him, the police, led by Deputy SP Naushad Alam, raided Opel Nursing Home and arrested Manjhi. Devi was undergoing treatment in the same clinic. The police said she had been sent there by Navin Manjhi, the prime accused in more than a dozen cases of Naxalite violence in Hazaribagh, Bokaro and Giridih.

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