Raipur: The Chhattisgarh police on Saturday claimed to have busted an alleged Maoist urban support network, with the arrest of five people including a Raipur-based scrap businessman, from separate places.
Dantewada SP Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI that based on intelligence inputs, businessman Arun Agrawal and his accountant?Balaram were arrested from Raipur airport last night when they were trying to flee, while three Maoist cadres were apprehended from Bhansi police station limits in the insurgency-hit Dantewada district last evening.
"Agarwal is said to be in close contact with a prominent Maoist of the Western Bastar Division Committee called Commander Sanjay alias Mohan Kadti. He often supplied detonators, explosives, generators, welding machines and other materials to the Maoists," the police officer said.
After receiving information six months ago, the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) and Dantewada police kept an eye on Arun, Sanjay and others associated with them, he said.
Three days ago, police learnt that Agrawal planned to supply a lathe machine and a welding machine used in making barrels of muzzle loading guns through a Maoist courier named Tarik Anwar who runs a co-operative society in Gamawada village on the Dantewda-Bacheli road, he said.
On Monday, the Maoist courier Tarik and a Maoist cadre Rajuram Bhaskar brought the consignment in a pick-up vehicle from Raipur to Bacheli, but stopped at Basansur road. When they were about to deliver the consignment, the police team stormed the place.
However, Tarik and other Maoists managed to flee into the dense forests, but three of them, including Rajuram were nabbed, the officer said.