Nine lower rung Naxals were arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh's Bastar division, police said today.
"While five cadres were arrested from Sukma district and three from Bijapur district, another one was apprehended in Dantewada district yesterday," a senior police official told PTI.
The three districts are located around 400-450 kms away from here in southern part of Bastar division.
In Sukma, a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force was out on an anti-insurgency- operation when it apprehended the cadres, Ramesh Naag, Madvi Kosa (30) and Kawasi Bheema (25), from Kukanar police station area, he said.
Kunjami Handa (25) and Hinga Madkam (22) were arrested from Tongpal police station limits of the district, he added.
In a separate operation, three ultras, Motilal Mandavi (25), Paklu Beko (45) and Moti Beko (25), were arrested from the forests of Potenar village under Jangla police station limits, said the official.
The three were allegedly involved in setting ablaze a passenger bus (after asking occupants to alight) in 2015 near Bardela village of Bijapur, he said.
They all were active as members of Chetna Natya Mandli (CNM)- a cultural outfit of Maoists,Janatana Sarkar group and janmilitia squad of Maoists and allegedly involved in attacks on police party in the region, said the official.
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