Seven Maoist rebels arrested in eastern India
The insurgents were associated with the maoist outfit, Jharkhand Regional Bhakpa group. Police recovered walkie-talkies, medicines, moist literature and uniforms. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)
Police in Dumka district of India's eastern Jharkhand state arrested seven Maoist rebels, including two women cadre, in a series of raids on Friday.
The insurgents were associated with the Maoist outfit, Jharkhand Regional Bhakpa group, and were wanted in scores of cases.
Acting on a tip-off, police along with paramilitary armed border force, the Sashastra Seema Bal, arrested a Maoist rebel - identified as Etwari Hembram alias Nareshda - who in turn told about whereabouts of the other six rebels.
Dumka district superintendent of police, Prabhat Kumar, said that Hembram alone was wanted in about a dozen cases.
"We first arrested a Maoist based on a tip-off who turned out to be a sub-zonal commander. Based on the leads generated during his interrogation, we formed different teams and arrested six more Maoists from Gopikandar, Kathikund and Shikaripara areas," said Kumar.
He added that police hoped to obtain substantial leads from the interrogation of the arrested rebels and nab their other associates.
Police also recovered walkie-talkies, a truck-load of medicines, Maoist literature, uniforms among other things from the insurgents.
Maoist insurgents seeking the violent overthrow of the Indian state have been fighting for decades, launching hit-and-run attacks against security forces from jungle camps across swathes of poor and rural central and eastern India.
Maoists, who say they are fighting to free the poor and landless from exploitation of their land, continue to enjoy some support among the poor and violence remains common.
According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, left-wing extremist violence has left 236 people dead this year, almost the same as for the whole of 2015. Almost half of the dead have been killed in Jharkhand's mineral-rich neighbour, Chhattisgarh state.