The police claim to have arrested two Maoists of Bihar in Rupnagar on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, Rupnagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Varinder Paul Singh said following a tip-off, a police team led by CIA staff in-charge Gabbar Singh raided a location near the new bus stand and arrested Mandeep Yadav, alias Matloo, and Sanoj Yadav, alias Bhikhari Yadav, both residents of Gaya in Bihar after registering a case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at the Rupnagar city police station.
He said the police have also recovered a country-made pistol, two live cartridges and a knife from their possession.
While Mandeep was the zonal commander of the Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) of the CPI(M), Sanoj was the area commander of the organisation, said the SSP.
He said both were close associates of Sandeep Yadav, alias Umesh Yadav, who is the central zonal commander of the BJSAC. The accused were involved in the killing of 15 members of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) in the Bisrapur area of Palamu district of Jharkhand in 2014 and the burning of 35 vehicles in the Madanpur area of Aurangabad district of Bihar in 2015, he said.
The SSP said arrest warrants had been issued against Mandeep in Bihar. They had come to Rupnagar two months ago to avoid arrest, he added.
He said the police of Bihar and Jharkhand had been informed about their arrest.