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5 naxals held in Chhattisgarh


Raipur:  Five naxals, including a woman cadre, were arrested from a village in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said today.

They were rounded up from Ponjer village under Bijapur police station limits last evening following a tip-off, Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.

A team of district force raided Pamalwaya, Ponjer and  Bhogamguda villages, located around 450 km away from the state capital, the officer said, adding that the rebels were apprehended from separate places in the village.

They are identified as ‘militia’ commander Punem Mangu (26), militia deputy commander Madvi Guddu (27), militia members Modiyam Manku (25), Punem Lachhu (30) and a former woman member of courier squad of naxals Uika Rukni (23), he said.

They were allegedly involved in several incidents including disrupting vehicular movement by felling trees or cutting roads, damaging government properties besides hindering developing projects, the ASP said.

Punem, carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was also involved in attacks on police personnel, he said, adding that police are interrogating the Maoists.

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