Raipur: Four Maoists, including a `commander` rank cadre, were arrested while two other Maoists, carrying a reward on their heads surrendered in the insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh today, the police said.
A hardcore Maoist was apprehended while he was trying to flee into the forests under Bayanar police station limits of Kondagaon district, Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Atri told PTI.
Since yesterday, a joint squad of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and the district police force was on a combing mission in Bayanar, located around 300 km away from the state capital.
At Kejang Ghodapara village they spotted a suspect fleeing into the dense forests after which they chased and arrested him, the ASP of Kondagaon said.
The arrested Maoist was identified as `Raiju` alias Vinod (30), Jan Militia commander of the Kejang Janatana Sarkar group of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), who?has been involved in several incidents including attacks on polling party, murder, attacks on security forces and others since 2003, Atri said.
A muzzle loading gun, pressure bomb, tiffin bomb, wire, couple of detonators, Maoist uniforms, literature, posters, banners and commodities of daily use were recovered from the area, he said.
Whereas, two Maoist cadres namely `Jaitram` alias Suraj Mandavi (30) and Kileram (35) surrendered to Kondagaon police in the district, the official said.
The surrendered Maoists were frustrated with the exploitation and atrocities by senior cadres on them as well as on the villagers, he said.
Maoist `local operations squad commander` Jaitram of the Sitanadi Area Committee and a member of Bayanar local operations squad Kileram carried rewards of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 on their heads respectively, he said.
Allegedly, they were involved in several incidents of crime including blasts, damaging government properties, torching road construction vehicles and others, he said.
In a separate incident, three Maoists, one of them carrying a reward on his head, was held in Kanker district of North Bastar, Kanker Superintendent of Police R N Dash said.
Maoist cadres Bajruram Thanuram (30) and Pandu Darro (35) were held from restive forests of Badgaon police station limits while another Maoist Santosh Usendi was rounded up in the Lohattar forest region, he said. The arrested ultras are being interrogated, he said.