Jharkhand Police have arrested five Maoists in Gumla district ahead of upcoming general elections.
Police said they arrested five hardcore Maoists after destroying a rebel camp located in the hills.
"On the basis of secret information, a raid was conducted in a cave in the hills. During the raid, five hardcore members of PLFI (People's Liberation Front of India) were arrested. Three more members of their group were present over there but they managed to escape," said Superintendent of Police (SP) of Gumla Bhim Sen Tuti.
"We had information that the group is very active in the area. In the past 10-15 days, some FIRs were lodged in the area. There were incidents like these PLFI members troubling contractors to extract compensation and going to construct sights and doing straight firing. After inquiry, they confessed their role (involvement) in the incidents," Tuti added.
Tuti also confirmed about the recovery of arms and ammunitions, Maoist documents and things stolen by red rebels during various incidents of robbery.
"Among the recovered items, there is a gun, carbine, two rifles, four revolvers and 30 cartridges of different calibers, 24 sim cards and 39 handsets. Out of these, as I mentioned the FIR, the mobile handsets as well as motorcycles which they had robbed in the incidents of robbery have also been recovered," said Tuti.
Tuti said that it was a major achievement of Jharkhand police ahead of the general elections and would help to ensure peaceful polls in the state.