Three Maoists held with claymore mines

April 23rd, 2011 - 11:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, April 23 (IANS) Three Maoist guerrillas were arrested on the outskirts of the Jharkhand capital Saturday and two claymore landmines seized from them, police said.

“Three Maoist guerrillas associated with Kundan Pahan were arrested during a search operation by security forces in Tamar jungle of Ranchi. The policemen seized two claymore landmines from the arrested Maoists Guerrillas” said a police official to IANS.

Unlike conventional landmines, the claymore mines can be triggered by remote control and be set to shoot metal balls in a particular direction. They have been used by the rebels in the state since 2003.

Zonal commander of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), Pahan is also known as the “Veerapan of Jharkhand”. He is accused of killing former Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Ramesh Singh Munda and more than 20 security personnel including Special Branch inspector Francis Induvar.

Police have launched operation against Maoists in bordering jungle areas of Ranchi, Khuti and Jamshedpur.

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