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20 hardcore naxalites shifted to Bhagalpur jail
November 18, 2005 15:49 IST
Twenty hardcore Communist Party of India-Maoist activists were Friday shifted from the district jail in Sasaram to the high-security Bhagalpur jail due to security concerns in the wake of the naxalite attack on Jehanabad prison that led to the escape of 389 inmates.
"We have shifted 20 hardcore activists of the banned outfit to Bhagalpur central jail keeping in mind the security concerns," Rohtas District Magistrate Vivek Singh told PTI.
The ultras had become "high security risk" after the Jehanabad incident, he said.
Earlier, 25 CPI-Maoist rebels were shifted from jails at Bettiah, Bagaha and Motihari to the Beur central jail in Patna on November 14 following orders of Deputy Inspector General (Champaran range) Arvind Pandey.
Jehanabad District Magistrate Rana Avadhesh said Thursday that 109 of the 389 prisoners, who had either escaped or were kidnapped by the naxalites, had returned so far and more were expected to follow suit.