As many as 11 Naxals were arrested from two districts in Bastar division of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, police said. While seven Naxals were apprehended from Bijapur district, four others held in Narayanpur district, a senior police official told PTI. "In Bijapur, a joint team of CRPF's 168th battalion, District Reserve Guard (DRG) and local police had launched a search operation in the forest of Basaguda police station area to trace some Naxals wanted in separate cases, following inputs about their movements," he said.
During the search, seven ultras, identified as Oyam Masa (26), Oyam Budhru (38), Punem Dulla (36), Dodi Chhotu (25), Punema Somlu (30), Oyam Mangu (26) and Korsa Dinecch (18) were held, he said. Of them, Masa was active as a member of militia section commander of Maoists, while the remaining ones were lower-rung cadres, he said.
Masa, Budhru and Dulla were allegedly involved in an attack on a police team on January 1 this year in Basaguda area, in which one Special Task Force (STF) jawan was killed, he added. In a separate operation in Narayanpur district, four ultras were held from a forest near Donderbeda village under Orchha police station area by a joint team of DRG and STF, the official said.
They were identified as Mugduram Gota (35), Sannu Ram (35), Somaru Ram Usendi (24) and Dhannuram Wadde (23), he added. The four were allegedly involved in attacks on police patrolling party, he added.
(With inputs from agencies.)