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Two rebels nabbed

Hazaribagh, Sept. 4: Two CPI(Maoist) members were nabbed this morning in a joint patrolling of the 22-battalion of CRPF and police at Vidhayak Chowk in Vishnugarh on Giridih-Bokaro border.

Superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj said the arrested rebels were identified as Jeevadhan Mahto, alias JB and Jeevadhan Mahto, alias Jatadhari. No arms were recovered from the duo, but a bike and some Maoist literature were in their possession.

Kamboj said JB was the mastermind in an attack on Dughda police outpost in Bokaro in 2006, in which two policemen were killed. An active member of the outfit, he was the main person responsible for collecting levy from Bokaro and Hazaribagh. But JB said he was fed-up of his antisocial activities. He said those in the higher ranks of the rebel outfit were tension-free, but those in the lower ranks like him faced many dangers. “After coming out of jail, I will leave Jharkhand. I’ll prefer going to Mumbai,” he said.

Kamboj said JB was wanted in three cases — two in Bokaro and one in Vishnugarh. The first case was related to levy collection, the other to planting landmines on Sarubera Bridge in Bokaro to kill policemen, and the third related to killing a villager in Vishnugarh after branding him as a police informer.

Kamboj said Jatadhari, the other rebel, had joined the outfit only four months ago.

The team which arrested the duo was led by the assistant commandant of the 22-battalion of CRPF, K.K Singh and officer in charge of Vishnugarh, Anil Kumar Singh.

Few days ago, three bike-borne Maoists had attacked a CRPF camp in Vishnugarh.

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