Two top Naxal commanders are among the eight whose release has been sought in exchange for the Bihar policemen being held captive by the rebels.
The eight Naxals are lodged in Banka,Jamui,Bhagalpur and Munger jails,booked for carrying out subversive activities mostly blowing up railway tracks in the four districts.
Jamui police suspect their involvement in the 2008 killing of six policemen and a porter at the Jhajha railway station and the 2009 Sonoh attack in which six policemen were killed.
Jai Paswan is the commander of a Naxal sub-zone while Vijay Chourasia is an area commander. Jai Paswan was a big catch, a DIG-rank officer told The Indian Express. He said the main Naxal camp was in Gurmaha and the rebels had presence in Bhimbandh,Sringirishi and Kajra hills. A police raid on a Naxal camp led to the seizure of over 5,000 Naxal uniforms.
These are the eight jailed Naxals:
Ashok Paswan alias Jai Paswan alias Jaida: A sub-zonal commander arrested from the jungles of Girima under Belahar police station of Banka,adjoining Munger.
He was held on June 11 on a tip-off by local residents. He is lodged in Banka jail.
Pramod Kumar Barnwal alias Dagru: An active member of CPI-Maoist,he was arrested on March 5 from a Deoghar hotel. Booked for subversive activity in Sonoh,Jamui. He is in Bhagalpur jail.
Nityanand Chourasia alias Vijayda alias Anand: An area commander who was active in Munger,Jamui and Lakhisarai. He too was arrested from the Deoghar hotel on March 5. Lodged in Munger jail.
Arjun Koda: Member of the Maoist armed wing. Arrested from Chormara village under Barhat police station of Jamui. He is in Jamui jail.
Ashok Koda alias Rattu Koda: Maoist armed wing member. Arrested on February 9 from Malhatari village under Belahar police station of Banka. He is in Banka jail.
Prem Bhuiyan alias Sengal: Maoist armed wing member. Held on June 19,2007 from Nasrichak village under Barhat police station of Jamui. He is in Banka jail.
Ramvilas Tanti: Also arrested on June 19,2007 from Nasrichak. Lodged in Jamui jail.
Ramesh Tirkey alias Ajay: Arrested from Nasrichak on June 19,2007. He is in Jamui jail.