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Woman Maoist arrested in Jharkhand

india Updated: Jun 16, 2010 10:30 IST

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A woman Maoist cadre was arrested on the second and last day of the 48-hour CPI(Maoist) shutdown in Jharkhand.

Sunena Devi, wife of self-styled Maoist zonal commander Binay alias Nepal, was arrested at Bhandaria in Garhwa district late last night, Garhwa Superintendent of Police Richard Lakra said on Wednesday.

She was allegedly involved in two Maoist-related cases.

Her husband had been nabbed earlier and lodged in Latehar district, Lakra said.

The bandh evoked mixed response in Maoist-affected rural areas, while people in urban areas were affected due to lack of transport as plying of buses were suspended for the second successive day, police said.

Transportation of minerals were also affected in several districts as truckers withdrew services.

The bandh, the fourth 48-hour bandh by the Maoists this year, will end midnight tonight. The ultras called the bandh in Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhatisgarh protesting the arrest of their cadre Sheetalji.

The state has suffered approximately Rs 500 crore loss in the bandh, Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industry member Prem Kataruka claimed. "Both the state and the central governments should address the problem at the earliest in the interest of Jharkhand."

"On an average Jharkhand witness 40 bandhs every year, affecting Rs 25 crore direct loss from each bandh ... We demand the government should waive two months tax to give relief to the truckers," President of Jharkhand Truck Owners Association, Uday Shankar Ojha said.

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