Sasaram: Five Maoists were on Thursday arrested during an encounter between security personnel and the ultra-left cadre at Suarmanwa forest in Rohtas district of Bihar, police said.
The encounter lasted for about two hours in which the personnel of the joint team used about 100 rounds in retaliatory action after they were fired upon by the ultras,
Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.
There were blood marks at several places indicating that several Maoists may have sustained injuries in the encounter, Maharaj said.
A joint team of police, CRPF`s CoBRA unit launched the operation based on specific intelligence input, he said.
Three rifles, 25 detonators, 25 live cartridges, three magazines, one lathe machine and other materials used for processing weapons were seized, the SP said.
The arrested ultras have been identified as Jagdish Chero, Nandu Vishwakarma, Tikaram Chero, Uday Ram and Munni Chero, he said.
While Jagdish Chero was said to be a member of the Rohtas sub-zonal committee of the proscribed unit, Chandu Vishwakarma was belonged to Jharkhand and had expertise in
processing weapons, Maharaj said.
Combing and search operation in Suarmanwa forests were still on, he said.