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UP ATS arrests five Maoists from Ballia


UP ATS to get Army-like arsenal. Image Source: IANS News

Lucknow, Aug 17 : The Uttar Pradesh Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested five people associated with the proscribed group Community Party of India (Maoist) from Ballia district.

The arrested persons have been identified as Tara Devi, Lallu Ram, Satyaprakash, Ram Murat, and Vinod Sahni.

The police also recovered a 9 mm pistol, cartridges, and Maoist literature from their possession.

Special DG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said that the group was working to recruit the youth, their group’s expansion and conspiring to spread unrest in the country. He said that after the demise of central committee member Sandeep Yadav alias Badka Bhaiya, one Pramod Mishra formed a separate ad hoc group along with Ballia resident Santosh Verma as its secretary.

“This outfit regularly keeps moving in different districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and was recruiting young men and women by brainwashing them for an armed rebellion against the Indian government,” said the SDG.

Following this, a unit of ATS conducted a raid in Basantpur village of Sahatwar police station and nabbed them.

SDG Kumar also said that Tara Devi was the head of the women’s wing and was associated with the group since 2005. She used to give shelter to Maoist leader Pramod Mishra. “Tara is also known for a bank dacoity in Bihar during which she killed two cops,” said Kumar.

Tara organises membership drives for the party and is also involved in operating extortion rackets.

Another arrested accused Lallu Ram is associated with the outfit since 2002. He used to circulate Maoist literature and keeps his reach with adivasis and those living in rural areas of Eastern parts, the official added. While Satya Prakash roams around with laptops and dupes innocent farmers by distributing pamphlets of his party which is against the state of India, he said.

Ram Murat Rajbhar is a hardened Maoist and organises secret meetings of the red ultras, said the ATS. Another accused Vinod Sahni is an arms smuggler in Bihar and helps the outfit with arms and ammunition. Senior officials said that other members of the outfit would be held soon to break the network.

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