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6 suspected Maoists arrested from hotel

Press Trust of India  |  Dhanbad (Jharkhand) 

A police team has arrested six suspected Maoists from an upscale hotel near railway station, police said today.

superintendent of police Surendra Kumar Jha today confirmed the arrest and said it was made in the early hours of May 15.

He said the interrogation of the six suspected Maoists is on and on the basis of the information got from them, search operations have been launched in the dense forests of Giridih, a Maoist hotbed, the SP added.

is scheduled to visit on May 25 to address a public rally and through remote lay the foundation stones of a power plant of the at Godda, an AIIMS and an international airport at Deoghar and a unit of at Sindri.

Among those arrested from the hotel was Jitan Marandi, who was an accused of the 2011 Chilkari massacre by Maoists in which 19 villagers, including the younger son of former were gunned down, the police said.

Jitan Marandi, who hails from Giridih, was sentenced to death by the lower court but was exonerated by the High Court in 2013.

Police said Marandi and three other Maoists, who have been identified by the police had checked into the hotel around May 14 midnight and furnished their Aadhar cards as proof of identity.

They took two rooms of the hotel and then telephoned two others to meet them at the hotel.

The had put on surveillance and located him by his mobile tower and arrested all the six after a few hours.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:00 IST