Five Maoist rebels arrested in Jharkhand

June 26th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 26 (IANS) The Jharkhand Police have arrested five Maoist rebels from the districts of Ranchi and Palamau in the state, police said here Thursday. Four members of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) were arrested from Parastoli area of Ranchi district.

“We have arrested four Maoist rebels on a tip off. The arrested rebels were involved in spreading of the organization in the city and rural areas of the state,” M.S. Bhatia, senior superintendent of police of Ranchi, told reporters.

The police also seized three revolvers, three mobile phones, Maoist literature and Rs.50,000 in cash from the rebels.

One more rebel was arrested Thursday from Manatu block of Palamau district. The rebel was arrested with Rs.170,000 allegedly extorted from a contractor.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In last seven years more than 1,200 people, including civilians and Maoist rebels, have been killed in the state.

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