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Maoist leaders in cop net

Gaya: An area commander of the CPI (Maoist) Shambhu Sahu was arrested from Chandi village under Amas police station in the Naxalite-hit district on Monday. An accused in the Jehanabad jailbreak incident in 2005, Sahu was also involved in a landmine explosion in Aurangabad. n another incident, Bhagwan Paswan, a Naxalite, was arrested by the Special Task Force from Gaurichak police station area in Patna on Monday. He was wanted in three cases of Naxalite violence in and around Patna district.

Death

Patna: Former Bihar Assembly deputy speaker and veteran BJP leader Jagbandhu Adhikari died at Magadh Hospital in Rajendra Nagar on Monday following geriatric ailments, family members said. He was 83. A four-time MLA from Katihar Assembly constituency, he had served as a minister in the Janata Party government in the late-1970s and was the deputy Speaker of the state Assembly between 1996 and 2000.

Hearing

Patna: Patna High Court on December 20 will hear the petition filed by Kundan Prasad Singh, father of Rahul Raj, who was killed in a police encounter in October, 2008, seeking a CBI probe into the case. Singh’s counsel contended before a bench of Justice S.N. Hussain that his son was killed by the Mumbai police in a fake encounter on October 27, 2008 in Mumbai.

Altercation

Patna: Patna airport witnessed some heated exchange between passengers and officials of Jet Airways after the private operator cancelled its Patna-Delhi evening flight at the last minute. The passengers became angry, as they had taken the boarding passes, and were waiting for the flight which was announced to be operating one hour behind schedule, said a source at the airport.

Dog squad

Patna: The state police headquarters has decided to attach sniffer dogs with each unit of the bomb disposal squad to detect landmines laid by the Maoists in Naxalite-hit districts of the state. A decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting of the senior police officials at the state police headquarters in the wake of death of four members of the bomb disposal squad during just-concluded state Assembly elections. he meeting, which was attended by the DGP, ADG (CID), ADG (law and order), ADG special branch) and IG (operation), stressed the need to organise a workshop o sensitise the members of the bomb disposal squad posted in the Naxal hit istricts. irector General of Police Neel Mani said it was also decided at the meeting to end the members of the bomb disposal squad outside the state for professional raining. The experts of the National Security Guards, Indian Army and the order Security Force have been contacted for the purpose, he said. he DGP said that the bomb disposal squads would be equipped with latest adgets and all the existing units up-graded to meet any eventuality.
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