BANKA: The Banka police along with the CRPF and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) arrested a dreaded woman Maoist leader Parbatia (40) alias Kevali Devi, from Pararia forest area under Katoria police station.
Parbatia, wife of one Khublal Rai and resident of Pararia village under Chandan (Anandpur) police station in Banka district is stated to be involved in many extremist incidents in the region. Around 40 kg of ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient required for making improvised explosive devices (IED), was seized from Parbatia’s house at Pararia village.
The woman Maoist, who was an absconder in police records, has been charged under various sections of IPC, Explosive Substances Act of 1908 and Unlawful Prevention Act of 1967.
Police sources said Parbatia was a close aide of slain Maoist Mantu Khaira, the self-styled sub-zonal commander of CPI (Maoists). She had worked in the organisation for more than eight years with Khaira, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head. Khaira, one of the most dreaded Maoist, was killed in a police operation at Dahibara forests (Piluaa village locality) under Anandpur police outpost in Chandan block of Banka district on February 21 this year.
Parbatia was also involved in collecting levy from the contractors and villagers in the region, said sources adding, she took the lead in connecting with women of oppressed society and even had plans to lead the women wing of the Maoists in the region.
When contacted, Banka SP Chandan Kumar Kushwaha on Wednesday said on a tip-off that Parbatia was scheduled to visit her home at Pararia village and conduct a meeting with her close associates, a raid was conducted with CRPF and SSB forces. “Parbatia’s arrest is an important achievement for Banka police,” he said adding, “We are trying to seek details about the hideouts of other Maoists leaders and their association with other women in the region so that we can stop them from joining the outfit.”
Women rebels, police say, generally play a tactical role in operations: They are placed at the front to distract security forces. Incidentally, women fighters have led some of the major rebel attacks in the country.