Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Six Maoists held in Chhattisgarh

July 1st, 2009 - 7:56 pm

Raipur, July 1 (IANS) Six suspected Maoists were apprehended in a forested stretch in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region with arms and materials used for making land mines, police said Wednesday.
The insurgents were held in the jungles of Narayanpur district when a joint team of the district police and the special task force encircled a meeting venue of the Maoist rebels, Deputy Inspector General of police Pawan Deo said here.

Police recovered two guns, six detonators, a huge stock of wires being used in making land mines and some Maoist uniforms, the official said.

Meanwhile, rebels killed an activist of the anti-Maoist civil militia Salwa Judum in Dantewada district.

Pando Bhima, who lived at a relief camp in Dornapal village, was clubbed to death Wednesday morning while on a visit to his village in the forest interiors, some 4 km away from the camp, police said.

Bastar region comprising five districts - Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar - is considered a Maoist stronghold.

The region has seen 90 percent of the nearly 1,500 casualties reported in the state due to Maoist violence since Nov 2000

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