Centre warns of retaliatory attacks by Maoists

New Delhi: The government on Monday warned of retaliatory attacks from Maoists in naxal-affected States following the arrest of four Left-wing extremists and the seizure of over 2,800 kg of explosives.

The Centre has alerted all its security forces operating in the Maoist-affected States to be on vigil as the naxals could carry out retaliatory attacks, official sources said.

The forces have arrested two Maoists leaders from Bokaro and two in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. The questioning of the duo held from Bokaro, including naxal leader Panju Manjhi, led to the seizure of 2,800 kg of explosives.

“We are expecting a knee-jerk reaction from the Maoists in the States affected by naxalism following the developments. The security forces operating in these areas have been asked to be on alert,” they said.

The security forces armed with modern assault rifles, GPS, satellite phones and assisted by helicopters for aerial survey, have been conducting operations in the Jharkhand-West Bengal-Orissa border area. — PTI