An alleged Naxal was arrested from a weekly market in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kondagaon district, police said Sunday. The cadre, identified as Ghasiya Ram (26), was apprehended under Dhanora police station limits yesterday, Kondagaon Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said. Weekly markets put up in interior parts of Bastar region serve as a good source for rebels to procure items of daily use. In view of it, the Kondgaon police has been carrying out a special drive to check the movement of ultras in these markets for past few days, he said.
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On Saturday, the police personnel spotted a suspect at Dhanora who was buying commodities while trying to cover himself. Soon, a team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and local police encircled the place and caught him, the SP said.
During interrogation, Ghasiya, a native of Chikpal in Mardapal area, confessed to have come to the market to procure items for Kiskodo area committee members of Maoists and keep an eye on the activities of security personnel, he said.
A knife, two Naxal banners, anti-greenhunt operation posters, medicines and other Maoist literature were recovered from his possession.
His further interrogation may facilitate arrest of more local cadres involved in supplying general items to Maoists groups from markets in Dhanora region, Singh added.
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