2 dreaded left-wing rebels arrested in eastern India

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NEW DELHI, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) — Two dreaded left-wing Naxalite rebels have been arrested in the eastern state of Jharkhand, police said Saturday.

“The two rebels, wanted in several crimes, were nabbed in the state’s Giridih district late Friday evening. They have been identified as Geeta Devi, a woman, and Sonaram Marandi,” a police official said.

“These arrests are a major achievement for us as it will help us track down their fellow rebels. We are interrogating the two,” he added.

Naxalites are currently active in at least seven Indian states, including Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

The Naxalite insurgency began in the eastern state of West Bengal in late 1960s.

Though major offensives by security forces in recent years have pushed the rebels back to their forest strongholds and the levels of violence have fallen, hit-and-run attacks are still common, killing hundreds of people, mostly security personnel, every year.

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