Jamshedpur, June 23: Acting on a tip off, the special team of police officers of district arrested two naxals from Mosabani police station area in Ghatshila sub-division on Monday. The arrested naxals were extorting levy from contractors who are carrying out government projects in Ghurabandha block and adjoining Mosabani block, said SSP Amol V Homkar.
The arrested naxals have been identified as Hinduram and Sadhucharan Mahali residents of Sudgi Village under Gorabandha Police Station and Lakhtia village under Mosabani Police Station area respectively.
The arrested duo are members of Supai Tuddu squad of CPI-Maoist. The police have recovered a loaded pistol, two cell-phones and naxal literatures from the naxals.
Talking to the scribes, senior superintendent of police Homkar said that �We set up a special team of police officers and carried out an operation on an information that some naxals are extorting levy from the contractors in the areas were the development projects like road and check-dam constructions were going on in Ghurabandha block and adjoining Mosabani block. Finally, two suspected naxals were nabbed,” said Homkar.
Senior SP said that a third person, later identified as Anil Kisku, had also been nabbed along with the two, but Kisku managed to escape from the police custody. He said on being searched the police recovered the loaded fire-arms, cell-phones and naxal literatures from their possession.
Duo confessed that they were the members of Supai Tuddu, who is the area commander of Ghurabandha and Mosabani blocks.
The two arrested naxals also confessed that they were collecting levy from the contractors engaged in the development work beside spreading naxalism among the villagers by motivating them for joining their outfit by means of distributing naxal pamphlets.
The senior SP added that the two admitted to have collected over Rs 15 lakh as levy from the contractors working in the rebel-hit areas during the past one year.
Homkar said the two arrested rebels would be forwarded to the judicial custody tomorrow Superintendent of police (Rural) Shailendra Kumar Srivastava, who helped the team in arresting the naxals were also present during the press conference at SSP office.