Raipur: Seven Maoists who were allegedly involved in torching heavy vehicles and attacking security personnel in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district early this month were arrested from the same region on Thursday, the police said.
The Maoist cadres were apprehended from Nerlighat valley under Bacheli police station limits by a team of the local police, Kirandul Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) M Z Baig told PTI.
Those arrested were identified as Somaru Apka, Madkami Budhram, Vetti Butlu, Rakesh Apka, Padami Boti, Apka Podia and Budharu, who are natives of Bijapur district where they were allegedly active in the Mirtur people's militia, Baig said.
Various local police teams were on patrol to ensure security to road and railway tracks in the Nerlighat region, located around 400 km away from the Chhattisgarh state capital since last night.
On seeing security personnel, the Maoist rebels tried to flee, but they were nabbed after a chase, the SDOP said.
Allegedly, there were all were involved in setting ablaze three iron laden trucks and firing at police teams in Nerlighat on November 7, a day ahead of the Dandakaranya bandh call given by outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) on November 8.
These alleged lower rung cadres were basically tasked with damaging railway properties, putting up Maoist posters and banners, obstructing roads by cutting down trees as well as attacking the police, the SDOP said, adding that they are being interrogated.