Four Maoists nabbed, bandh peaceful in Jharkhand

Four Maoists were today arrested at separate places in Jharkhand as the 48-hour shutdown called by the outfit in the state entered the second day today.

Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 22:02 PM IST

Ranchi: Four Maoists were today arrested at
separate places in Jharkhand as the 48-hour shutdown called by
the outfit in the state entered the second day today.

The security forces arrested a self-styled Maoist `area
commander`, Mithilesh Mandal, and two of his associates in
Giridih, Superintendent of Police A V Homker said.

Mandal was allegedly involved in the killing of a special
police officer last month and had indulged in several other
incidents of loot, he said. Two rifles and 193 bullets were
recovered from him.

Another hardcore Maoist, Brajesh Yadav, who was a member
of the firing squad of the outfit, was nabbed from Gumla, the
police said.

The arrests came during intensive combing operations
against the Maoists, who are observing the 48-hour shutdown in
Jharkhand, besides West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Bihar
against rice rise and the Centre`s alleged anti-people
policies.

The bandh, which evoked mixed response in Naxal-pockets,
will end this midnight.

PTI