Saturday, July 11, 2009

3 Maoist aides held, ammo seized

SHASHANK SHEKHAR

Bokaro, July 11: Bokaro police have arrested three persons involved in supplying ammunition to Maoist groups that escaped from Lalgarh in Bengal and also recovered ingredients for making 2,000 hand grenades.

According to Bokaro superintendent of police Laxman Singh, besides this, they also recovered 2,000 units each of grenade strikers, grenade rings and other raw materials. This was supplied to them from a prominent office at Strand Road in Calcutta, where investigations have begun.

Police sources believed that the Maoists, who escaped from Lalgarh, were taking shelter in Palamau, Chatra, Latehar and Hazaribagh. They also said that 2,000 units of grenade covers and detonators had already been supplied to zonal commander of Maoists in Jharkhand Navin Manjhi, who was instrumental in the killing of 11 police officers at Bermo on June 11. Among the others who received the consignment are Navin’s associates Chotu Manjhi and Pandu Manjhi.

Those arrested include Ashwani Kumar, proprietor of Krishna Motors in Phusro, Baban Pandey, who transported ingredients and Yamuna Prasad alias Janki of Gomia, who has been supplying explosives to the Maoist leader personally for the past several years.

Police sources said they made the seizure after tapping phone conversations of all the three. Prasad was arrested on Friday, who led the police to Kumar. He was immediately arrested and some ingredients were recovered from his residence. The two also told the police that a consignment of raw materials was reaching Phusro on the Shakti Punj Express via Howrah this morning.

Pandey, who was bringing the consignment, was arrested at the station with all the explosive material. He also told the police that he had placed orders with the Strand Road office for 2,000 levers.

Sources said that detonators, fuses, levers, hammer strikers, rings, time killing pins and explosives were packed in small containers. Samples of these were sent from Calcutta and a retired military personnel from Andhra Pradesh had trained the rebels.

The trio was expecting to prepare the hand grenades within one week and supply them to 11 Maoist groups spread across the state.

The Bokaro SP Laxman said: “It is a big catch. The ammunition was to be supplied to Navin Manjhi in the Gomia forest area. We are on the trail and will make more arrests soon as we know who’s running the network from the state.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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