Five top Maoists held, sent to police custody

Kolkata: Four months after the killing of Maoist top gun Kishenji by the joint forces in West Midnapore district, five key members of the rebel outfit were arrested by the elite anti-Naxal force Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and the STF of the Kolkata police in a joint operation since Thursday night.

Police said today that Maoist central technical committee member Ramakrishna, alias R K, the possible successor to Kishenji, and four other Maoists were arrested from the metropolis and adjoining North 24 Parganas district in the joint raids.

Three of the Maoists, Sukumar Mondal, Bapi Mudi and Sambhu Pal were from West Bengal, Ramakrishna assigned to restructure the organisation`s Bengal operations from Andhra Pradesh, besides Dipak Kumar from Chhattisgarh.

The five were produced before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate`s court which remanded them to police custody till March 13.

The sources said an arms manufacturing unit, some documents and rocket launcher manufacturing inputs, cash and explosive powder were seized during the raids which were still continuing.