Five Maoist guerrillas arrested in Maharashtra

May 22nd, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by admin  

Nagpur, May 22 (IANS) Five Maoist guerrillas were arrested Thursday from village Kosmi in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, a police official said. A cache of arms and explosives was recovered from the Maoists, the police said.

A team of 40 police constables, belonging to the anti-Naxalite Operations (ANO) wing, arrested the five Maoist rebels after encircling the tiny village in the Gyara Patti area, about 85 km from Gadchiroli, which is about 220 km from Nagpur, near the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, police public relations officer T.G. Deshmukh told IANS.

“Based on intelligence that Maoists were camping in the village, the police laid siege around it and challenged them to come out,” she said adding that the Maoist guerrillas opened fire and the police personnel retaliated.

“When the Maoists, some of them injured, tried to flee, the police gave chase and nabbed five of them,” she said.

The police gathered information about the Maoists after the rebels Sunday attacked a police constable’s house in village Hiranje and looted food grain, she said.

The names of the arrested Maoists, their position in the banned outfit and details of the seizure were not immediately available.

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