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Fierce Combing Operation By DRG in Chattisgarh, Seven Maoists Arrested

New Delhi: In a joint operation by the District Police and District Reserve Guard (DRG), seven Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were arrested during a combing operation at Krishnagram area in Sukma District of Chattisgarh.

As per police sources, the District Police and District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel after receiving special intel and tip from trusted sources about the presence of Maoists in the area, launched a search operation and arrested them.

Reportedly, the arrested Maoists were identified as Butar Narayati, Koko Sita Ram, Turem Enka, Turem Rambabu, Karka Dharma, Karka Rambabu and Komram Narsingha Rao.

According to the sources, three among the seven arrested Maoists were identified as hardcore Maoists. “They were found to be involved in several cases of violence,” a Police official said.

Meanwhile, a top Maoist surrendered before Inspector General of Police (IGP), at Bastar District of Chhattisgarh on September 13, reports Pragativadi. The Maoist, identified as Bhetti Rama also surrendered his INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) assault rifle to the Police. Bhetti was carrying a cash reward of INR 800,000 on his head. He was an active member of ‘Konta area divisional committee’ and was allegedly involved in the 1995 violent attack in Sukma District.

Besides, Bhetti was also involved in the 2014 Kasalpad encounter, 2017 Bhejji encounter, 2006 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast, and anti-landmine blast in March 2018. More than 24 cases of violence are registered against Bhetti at various Police Stations in Sukma District, said the Police. During interrogation, Bhetti revealed information about the formation of a new ‘divisional committee’ at Balaghat of Madhya Pradesh, including the details of a Maoist ‘commander’ identified as Hidama Rajnandgo, the Police further informed. (SATP Inputs)