Five Maoists have been arrested with a cache of arms and ammunition from Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Tuesday.
“Acting upon a tip-off, a joint team of Border Security Force and local police nabbed the cadres from the forests of Maspur village last evening,” said Kanker deputy superintendent of police (DSP) MZ Baig.
A muzzle-loading gun was also recovered from their possession, Baig said. Later, two bombs, weighing 7kg and 2kg, a battery and a 10-metre wire hidden beneath the soil on Maspur-Raoghat road were also recovered based on their statement.
After getting information about Maoists holding a public meeting in the jungles of Tadoki, around 200km from state capital Raipur, the patrol was mobilised on Monday morning.
On seeing the security forces near Maspur village, the ultras tried to escape from the spot but security personnel chased and arrested them.
Four of them – Massu Potai (22), Fandiram Dugga (27), Singrai Potai (40) and Bilas (30) – are wanted in several cases of crime including murder, landmine explosion, loot, arms and ammunitions, etc, the DSP said.
Another arrested rebel, Sindhu Maravi (21), was a sangham member of outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The arrested Maoists are being interrogated, the DSP added