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Nabbed rebel spills vital clues

Ranchi, Aug. 8: A dreaded CPI(Maoist) rebel, who was a member of the outfit’s squad active in Jharkhand and neighbouring Odisha, has been arrested from Jagannathpur area of West Singhbhum district. A pistol, live cartridges, three mobile phones and a diary containing contact details of several Maoist rebels have been found on him.

The police, acting on a tip-off, rounded up Pradhan Hembrom, alias Dondo Hembrom, near a railway bridge in Jagannathpur last evening.

During interrogations, Hembrom revealed that he was associated with Maoist area commander Sandip, alias Motilal Soren, and was involved in several incidents of Naxalite violence in different parts of the two states.

West Singhbhum SP N.K. Singh said Hembrom was operating from Kevlang area of Rourkela, Odisha, in the recent times.

The rebel had given blow-by-blow account of several Naxalite activities during the last few years. “The Odisha police have been asked to verify the veracity of his claims. He has disclosed the names of people actively assisting the Maoists. These sympathisers take care of their weapons and pass on information related to police movements,” he added.