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Six Maoist guerrillas arrested in Chhattisgarh

Six Maoist guerrillas were arrested and explosives seized in a swoop on a militant stronghold in Chhattisgarh.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 13:55 IST

Six Maoist guerrillas were arrested and explosives seized in an overnight swoop on a militant stronghold in Chhattisgarh, said police officials on Monday.

A police team combed the restive Narayanpur area near Abujhmad locality in the forested Bastar region on Sunday night and arrested six members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

"Six rebels dressed up in Maoist uniform surrendered to the police after a brief gun-battle in their hideout. We seized three tiffin bombs, one detonator, a 50-metre wire and Maoist literature from them," Bastar range inspector-general RK Vij said.

Rebels had shot dead a tribal on Sunday night in Ader village, under the Faresgarh police station in Bastar.

Chhattisgarh is one of the worst Maoist-infested states in India. Just last week, rebels killed four security personnel and a civilian in a landmine blast in Bastar forest.

Of the 749 people killed in India in Maoist violence in 2006, Chhattisgarh reported almost half the total casualties, said an Asian Centre for Human Rights report in January.