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27 November 2012
statesman news service
BANKURA, 27 NOV: Police nabbed a man they say is a Maoist cadre from his residence in Taldangra in Bankura last night, barely a week before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Junglemahal.
A country-made gun and six live cartridges were seized from his possession, police said.
"Some Maoist literature, letters and a sketch mentioning different Bankura locations like Onda, Taldangra, Bishnupur also was seized from his possession," said Bankura Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar.
Khatra ACJM Court ordered four days' police remand for the arrested man, Mr Gurudas Murmu. Police said he "was hyper-active in a number of operations by the Lalgarh squad and after the death of Kishenji he had been absconding in Jharkhand stretches."
Manasaram Hembra (known as Bikash) a hardcore combatant and a protégé of Kishenji, an encountered leader of the ultra Naxalite front, and his colleague Tara Hembram, a leading women guerrilla squad leader of the CPI (Maoist), had frequented his house in Tangrasole village in Taldangra, police said.
Reeling from the death of Kishanji, Maoist leaders had realised that a fierce retaliation was the only way to hold their fort in Junglemahal, police said. So the arrest of Gurudas ahead of the chief minister’s visit to Bankura has become more significant. Miss Banerjee is scheduled to visit Bankura on 3 December to hold a development meeting with senior district officials.
Police and security agencies have beefed up surveillance across the Junglemahal stretches.
Mr Shyam Mukherjee, the state’s child welfare minister, said: "We have received certain tip-offs that the cadres started sneaking into different hideouts in Bankura and it was good that one was arrested on time."