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High alert sounded across the State

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 02:16 IST
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FEARING reprisal from the Naxalites after the arrest of ultra-leftists, including suspected technical committee members in a raid on illegal arms factory, the Madhya Pradesh police have sounded an alert across the State from Sunday especially, four districts affected by Naxalite violence.

The Police Headquarters has asked the Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to remain alert. ADG (Intelligence) SK Raut said the alert has been sounded especially in Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori and Sidhi districts.

“It is a precautionary measure owing to the fact that arrest of Maoists, who were senior in the hierarchy of Naxalites in other states in the past, led to retaliation by Naxalites,” he said.

The teams of police from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh apart from Intelligence Bureau team from Delhi have been interrogating the Naxalites, who were arrested in Bhopal.

Investigators now confirm that they had not revealed their correct names and they were awaiting a word from the ADG (Intelligence) of Andhra Pradesh Arvind Rao for confirmation of their identities as they all hail from Andhra Pradesh.

All the five persons, including a woman, who are under police custody, are hardened Naxalites and at least one of them is quite high in Naxalite hierarchy and were wanted by police in several states. He is suspected to be a member of the seven-member technical committee and carries a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

Two others are suspected to be carrying rewards of Rs 3-5 lakh on their heads. However, they are not guerilla fighters rather members of technical committee. This is different from the main 35-member Central Committee, say officers interrogating them on conditions of anonymity.

The accused were also making sophisticated weapons, including Light Machine Gun (LMG) and 51 mm mortar that is much more destructive than the 2 inch mortar.

Meanwhile, security has been upgraded at the residences of DIG, SP in Bhopal and Naxalite-affected districts. The police have been asked to remain extra vigilant.