Raipur, May 26: 14 Naxals were on Thursday arrested in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, police said.
While 13 Naxals were apprehended from a jungle under Gadiras police station limits, another one was held from Tongpal Police Station limits of the district, Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said.
A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the district police force had launched a combing operation in the interior of Gadiras, around 400 km away from here.
While cordoning off Pariya village forest, they nabbed nine suspects, the ASP said. Those arrested have been identified as Madavi Somda (25), Madvi Hadma (40), Madvi Budhra (27), Madkam Deva (25), Madvi Somda (27), Madvi Deva (22), Podiyami Budhu (30), Madvi Budhra (22) and Madvi Raja (30).
All of them were allegedly involved in damaging a water pipeline of the Essar Steel India Limited on the intervening night of May 19-20 in Gadiras area, he said.
In separate incidents, three other rebels were arrested from Gadiras area and another from Tongpal region, Singh said.