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Raids nab seven rebels

Bettiah, April 22: Seven suspected Maoists were arrested in raids conducted at different hideouts in the past 24 hours in West Champaran.

Police found one carbine, a country-made revolver, two cartridges, 9mm pistol, Naxalite literature and a stolen SUV on them.

The police said the recovery has given the state force a shot in the arm after the Union home ministry on March 19 ordered the 153rd battalion of the CRPF to shift its headquarters from Motihari to Chhattisgarh. The anti-Maoist mission, this time, was carried out by the state police alone.

Bettiah superintendent of police (SP) Sunil Kumar Nayak shared the success story with reporters here today.

According to the SP, the police got a tip-off on a few Maoists, who were planning to enter the district with an intention to kill someone within a day or two.

“We laid a trap and arrested Ashok Yadav, Kundan Ram, Harendra Patel and Sanjay Patel from an SUV near Mehia bridge on Bettiah-Areraj road under the jurisdiction of Mufassil police station early Sunday morning,” said the SP. He added that two other Maoists — Ashok Ram and Sanjay Yadav — along with a former villagehead of Madhuban, Satyendra Ram, were arrested.