Kolkata (PTI): Security forces arrested two Maoists while they were planting landmines at Sarenga in Bankura district near Lalgarh and recovered arms from them on Sunday.
"The two Maoists were caught red handed while they were fitting mines," Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters after attending a meeting convened by Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarty to review the Lalgarh situation.
He, however, did not give details about the arms recovered from them.
In reply to a question, he said the joint forces were consolidating their presence at Ramgarh, where sanitisation operations were on along with Lalgarh and Kadasole.
A total 17 companies of central forces were in the area for the operations to flush out the Maoists, Sen said and hoped the Centre would comply with the state government's request for more forces.