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Myanmar link in Maoist arms haul

Hazaribagh, Oct. 3: Police and investigating agencies have established a Myanmar link in supply of arms to Maoists in Hazaribagh, based on the recovery of weapons and arrest of a rebel leader in late August, DGP G.S. Rath revealed today.

On August 29, Hazaribagh police had recovered an automatic M16 rifle used by the US military and air force and a light-weight bulletproof of Manchester make — both meant for the rebel outfit’s hit squad, whose arsenal head in Bihar-Jharkhand Anil Yadav was netted in the process.

Yadav and his aide Praful Malakar, an arms supplier, who were arrested from Silodar forest in Chouparan, later disclosed to police, intelligence and National Investigation Agency (NIA) officers that the weapons came from Myanmar.

Rath, who was in the city to inspect the passing out parade of 500 constables at Jharkhand Armed Police’s Padma centre, termed the arms seizure and investigations a major breakthrough.

An NIA team had twice visited Hazaribagh last month to question the arrested duo.

Rath added that Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army was also behind the supply of foreign make arms to Maoists. Although he refused to explain the route exploited by the rebels from Myanmar to Jharkhand, he said the arms suppliers crossed Bihar on way to Jharkhand.

The DGP stressed that the police had managed to gradually contain the Maoist menace but admitted that the rebel outfit was still a big threat to the nation.

Rath added that district figures confirmed that Maoist activities had come down in the state.