Monday, October 08, 2007

Maoist couple held

Monday October 8 2007 11:52 IST
Express News Service

ROURKELA: In a major catch, Sundargarh police nabbed a hardcore CPI (Maoist) operative along with his wife from Sarlanga jungle under K Balang police limits of Bonai sub-division.

The arrest was formalised after a team of Jharkhand police on Sunday verified their identities. The nabbed ultra Bharat Mundari (35) turned out to be the commander of Platoon-22 active at Saranda forest region. His wife Premlata Mundari is also an active Maoist operative.

Sundargarh SP S Pravin Kumar confirmed the arrest and said the couple carrying a three-month-old baby was traced by a police team between 5.30 pm to 6 pm on Saturday in the Sarlanga jungle.

They were detained for questioning and help of Jharkhand police was sought to verify their identities, he said. Police sources said Bharat was wanted in several major Naxal violence including the Baliba massacre where scores of Jharkhand policemen were mowed down.

His name also figured prominently in the burning of two locomotives at Topadihi in Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh.

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