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6 suspected Maoists detained

Borjhar, Aug. 7: Six persons, five from Jharkhand and one from Bihar, were detained by police today at Koithalkuchi under Belsor police station in Nalbari district for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities in Assam. Koithalkuchi is about 43km from Guwahati.

The police picked them up around midnight last night. Sources said all six were staying near Koithalkuchi railway station as tenants in a house since August 2.

They told the police that they were trading in pearls in the district but the police suspected them to be members of a Maoist organisation.

“They have been brought in on suspicion for questioning and it is too early to come to any conclusion. We are verifying their identities and credentials,” a Belsor police source said.

They have been identified as Rajesh Shah, Pankaj Kumar Charnakar, Manoj Kumar, Ashis Kumar, Bijoy Shah and Goutam Kumar. Goutam is from Bihar while the other five are from Jharkhand, the police said.

Nalbari police are in touch with their counterparts in Godda district of Jharkhand to establish the antecedents of those detained.

Godda district is reported to have a significant presence of Maoists. Officials of both state intelligence agencies are interrogating them, police sources said. “One of them even failed to identify a stone in a ring,” a source said.

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