Five CPI-Maoist cadres belonging
to the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh were arrested by a
joint team of the Chhattisgarh Police and Gujarat Police from
the Hazira industrial area of Surat. The Maoists were identified
as Arjun Ramlal Yadav, Surajlal Rupjiram Gond, Jankuram alias
Dholuram Virsing Gond, Chandu alias Chanda Bavanji Gond
and Sonmati Rasiya Gond. The arrestees were involved in an attack
on a Police van in Narayanpur District where 23 Security Force
personnel were killed in 2006.
According to senior Police officials,
the Maoists, including two women, were acting as a sleeper cell
and used Surat and Hazira as a hiding place after carrying out
attacks in Chhattisgarh. They were working as labourers in a construction
company and living in the staff quarters near Singotar Mata temple.
The operation was planned after Police from the Dhantri District
of Chhattisgarh received a tip-off that the extremists were hiding
in Surat. The Surat Deputy Commissioner of Police, Subhash Trivedi,
said the group used to visit Chhattisgarh frequently. "They used
to return to Surat, either after carrying out attacks, or when
any member fell ill," he added.