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Woman rebel clue for cops

The arrest of a woman Maoist came as a major success for Jamui police.

In the Maoist-hit eastern Bihar districts, women cadres played important role in planning attacks but they remained out of the police radar because not many came under their suspicion.

Jamui superintendent of police Jitendra Rana on Sunday evening said: “Summa Rana (35), the in-charge of the women’s squad of the Maoists in eastern Bihar and northern Jharkhand, has been arrested. Another rebel, Sanjay Hansdak, was also arrested on February 22 from Hasikol in Jamui.”

Summa was wanted for her role in the Kodasi valley ambush in Lakhisarai in 2010. Six policemen were killed in the attack and the rebels had abducted five personnel. Later, they killed an abducted officer and released the others.

She was also wanted for her involvement in more than 10 attacks carried out over the years. “She has been associated with the rebels for more than 10 years and was the in-charge of the women squad of the Maoists in the region,” Rana said.

The other arrested rebel, Sanjay, was also wanted in more than six cases. He revealed that the rebels in Hasikol forest were running a training camp. However, when the CRPF’s 215 battalion and the Jamui police reached the spot, the Maoists had managed to escape.

The police, however, recovered three landmines, Naxalite literature and other items required everyday.

On the basis of suspicion the police had picked up two persons — Taro Marandi and father of Summa, Bhola Rana. But after interrogation, it was found that Summa and Sanjay were actively involved in Maoist activities. Bhola and Taro Marandi were later set free.

With the arrest of Summa, police is learnt to have unearthed vital information regarding rebel activities.

The Jamui police had earlier managed to arrest a People Liberation Guerrilla Army member, Sabita Murmu, on December 6, 2013.