Four suspected Maoists who had allegedly crossed into Madhya Pradesh from Chhattisgarh have been detained in Shahdol district, police said on Sunday.
The four - Ramnath, Lalsai, Roopsai and Sunao, all of them Gond tribals aged 25-30 - had sneaked in from Narayanpur district in Chhattisgarh, a police official said.
"Following a tip-off from our counterparts in Chhattisgarh, we picked up seven people after they alighted from a train," Shahdol police chief Lakhanlal Ahirwar said, adding that four of them have admitted to being involved in Maoist activities.
The four men are wanted in various cases, including arson and murder, at Naraynpur police station and are reportedly members of the Jan Militia Maoist frontal organisation. Police saud they were fleeing to Uttar Pradesh in the Gorakhpur Express when the Shehdol police picked them.
Ahirwar said the Chhattisgarh Police had tipped them that some Maoists were coming over to Shahdol following Operation "Red Hunt" launched against them there.
State police chief SK Rout confirmed that the four men were Maoists and might have sneaked into Madhya Pradesh as fallout of the ongoing anti-insurgency operations in Chhattisgarh.