Raipur: Five alleged hardcore Naxals, carrying cash rewards on their head, were arrested during separate search operations in Maoist-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said on Thursday.
"Acting on a tip- off, three ultras were nabbed from the forest of Madanar village under Bayanar police station limits of Kondagaon district late last evening," a senior police official said.
The security personnel were mobilised in the region following inputs about the presence of the rebels in Madanar forests.
On reaching there, police rounded up two suspected men who later during interrogation admitted to being involved in the Naxal movement as active members of Madanar Jantana Sarkar group of Maoist, the official said.
Those arrested were identified as Juglu (45) and Gandoram (40), carrying cash rewards of Rs 25,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively on their heads.
After joining the Red outfit in 2000, they were involved in incidents of crime including loot, arson, murder and attack on police party, he said.
On way back to their camp, the search party apprehended another cadre, Sonau (40), who had a reward of Rs 5,000 on his head, from Rajbeda village in the area, he said.
A muzzle loading gun was also recovered from his possession, he said.
Sonau, an active area committee member of Maoists, was involved in the attack on security forces in August this year in the region and was also wanted in cases of murder, attacks on security personnel and several others, he said.
In a separate combing operation, two rebels were held from Siksod police station area of Kanker district in Bastar by a joint group of district force and BSF today.
Those arrested were identified as Dururam (32) and Mangu Ram (52), carrying cash rewards of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively on their heads.