Police said on Monday that sixteen Maoists, including two women, five of whom were suspected to be involved in a deadly attack on a CRPF team last year, were arrested from Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
As per a senior police official, the arrests were made on Sunday from a hill near Minpa village under the Chintagufa police station limits by a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the district police. Security forces have reinforced patrolling in the interior forests of Maoist-hit districts to capture lower-rung cadres who are instrumental in planting explosives to target police personnel and putting up Maoist posters and banners for next month’s Assembly polls.
The police official added that following an information about the presence of Maoists, the joint team launched an operation from the Burkapal camp towards Minpa and Tadmetla, located around 500 km from state capital Raipur, and apprehended the ultras. and all the arrested cadres were active as members of either militia groups or the Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS), a front organisation of Maoists. Out of them, five — identified as Sodhi Ganga, Madvi Bhima, Banjam Nanda, Madvi Bhima and Muchaki Mukka were allegedly involved in a deadly attack on the Central Reserve Police Force personnel at Burkapal in Sukma district in April last year.Twenty-five CRPF personnel were killed in the attack. He said that two of the arrested ultras had the same name. The others were allegedly involved in incidents of attacks on police teams and planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to target the security forces.
Chhattisgarh, which has a 90-member Assembly, will go to the polls in two phases — on November 12 and 20.