Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Fourteen suspected Maoists, including a woman, were arrested in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Friday. The police claimed that it was a major step towards curbing Maoist activity in the State.

“This is the most important arrest after that of Somen [State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Maoist)]”, Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia, said.

Somen was arrested in February. In March, five suspected women Maoists were held while pasting posters at a railway station demanding his release.

The arrest of “a commander” of the outfit’s “action squad” led to the arrest of 13 persons from the Kotwali area of Nadia district. Arms believed to have been snatched from the police were seized from those arrested.