The damaged tracks between Jageshwar Vihar and Dania stations in Bokaro on Monday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Ranchi, Oct. 10: A 24-year-old man, actively associated with the banned CPI(Maoist), was arrested from Lawadag in Palamau, some 70km from the district headquarters and around 325km from the state capital, in the wee hours of Monday.
Narayan Yadav (24), who was entrusted with the task of collecting information about the movement of security forces in Naxalite-hit Kalapahar where seven policemen were killed in a landmine blast in January, was nabbed when he was trying to put up posters of a two-day statewide Maoist bandh beginning today.
Police have recovered Maoist literature and posters from him.
Chhatarpur thana OC Law Kumar Singh said that Narayan had been closely associated with Maoist commanders Nitesh and Ajay Yadav.
"About four days ago, we had spotted him pasting bandh posters at Chhatarpur bus stand. But, he somehow escaped. He was long been on our radar," he said.
The officer said that two cases, including one related to violation of Arms Act, were pending against him. "He was actively associated with CPI (Maoist) since the last four years. His elder brother Vishwanath Yadav was an active cadre of CPI(Maoist) who died during an encounter in 2010," said Singh.
During interrogation, Narayan said that he had passed on details about the movement of security forces in Kalapahar to the banned outfit. "Yadav was in regular touch with Maoist commander Ajay who along with Nitesh and another accomplice Mithilesh was involved in carrying out the attack," said Chhatarpur SDPO Sanjay Kumar.
The SDPO added that few days before the blast, Maoists had blown up a BSNL tower in Kalapahar.
"In that incident too, Narayan had passed on vital information about police movement to Maoists," he said.
Tracks blown up
Suspected armed Maoists blew up a portion of the tracks between Jageshwar Vihar and Dania railway stations, around 80km from Bokaro city, in the wee hours of Monday, disrupting movement of trains in the CIC section of Dhanbad railway division for six hours.
Two concrete railway slippers were completely damaged in the blast.
Barkagaon-Asansol passenger and Gomoh-Chopan passenger were cancelled while four goods trains were stopped at different places.
Chief public relations officer of Dhanbad division Sanjay Prasad said that the attack took place at 1.25am.
Bokaro SP Y.S. Ramesh said: "It's a desperate action by Maoists. We will catch them soon."