Chhattisgarh: 4 Maoist operatives test Covid-positive, days after letter found on illness

Two Maoist operatives were arrested on Thursday in Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh, a day after two other suspected operatives surrendered before the police in Kanker because they were ill and looking for treatment. All four operatives have tested positive for Covid-19, police said.

The developments come days after security forces in Bijapur found a letter in a Maoist camp which had details of the spread of an illness amongst the cadres. Senior police officials say Maoists are not getting access to medicines and other supplies due to the heavy ‘nakabandi’ across the state and on the inter-state borders.

According to police, suspected Maoist operatives Arjun Tatti and Laxmi Pedda approached Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Kanker on Wednesday to surrender. “They said that they had abandoned Medki LOS due to illness and requested medical assistance. On further examination, both tested positive,” Bastar IG P Sundarraj said.

The duo, part of the armed cadre in Pratapur Area Committee in Kanker surrendered to get medical intervention, police said. “We have admitted them to the Covid care hospital in the district headquarters for treatment,” Sundarraj said.

On Thursday, two Maoist operatives, including a local commander in Chilfi range of Kabirdham district — 250 km from Kanker district — were arrested by security forces during a search operation. According to Kabirdham Superintendent of Police Shalabh Sinha, they had launched the…

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