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Burkapal attack on CRPF personnel: 14 Naxalites held in Chhattisgarh

PTI | Raipur |

As many as 14 Naxalites, mostly lower rung cadres, allegedly involved in the deadly attack on CRPF personnel in April this year, were arrested on Thursday from two places in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

"While 6 cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area by a joint team of DRG and District Force, eight others were held from Chintalnar police station limits by a squad of CoBRA and DF," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P said.

Separate teams of security forces were out on search operations in the forests of Chintagufa and Chintalnar, around 450 kms away from here, he said.

Of the arrested, 7 were active as janmilitia members, six as members of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisaan Mazdoor Sangthan (DAKMS)- a frontal wing of Maoists and another as janmilitia deputy commander, he said.

They all were allegedly involved in the attack on Central Reserve Police Force personnel, belonging to 74th battalion, on April 24 last, in Burkapal area under Chintagufa police station limits wherein 25 troopers were killed, the DIG said.

Besides, they were also allegedly involved other Naxal incidents, including loot, arson, murder and triggering IED blasts, he said.

They were produced before a local court which sent them to jail, he added.

With this, police claimed to have arrested around 95 ultras so far in connection with the Burkapal attack.