Seven ultras arrested in Chatra, Maoist bandh peaceful

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Ranchi, May 15 (UNI) In a major breakthrough, police arrested seven CPI(Maoist) ultras, including four women cadres, during an encounter at Chatra even as the Maoist-sponsored 24-hour bandh in bordering areas of Bihar and Jharkhand began midnight lastnight.

The CPI (Maoist) gave the bandh call protesting arrest of their top brass leader Pramod Mishra in Dhanbad on May 12.

District Superintendent of Police of Chatra Akhilesh Kumar Jha said the encounter occurred at Gayghat forest under Hunterganj police station where police team went for raids.

Two rifles, 75 cartridges and naxal literatures were recovered from the spot, he said.

Meanwhile reports from Bokaro, Loherdega and Koderma said long route buses did not ply whereas bandh was effective in rural areas.

Besides, loading and unloading of mineral was hampered in few areas of the state.

Railway sources said routes of several trains were also diverted in the wake of the bandh.


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