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Top Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand

Hazaribagh, May 10: When the team of police officials arrested Maoist leader Mithilesh Kumar Verma yesterday evening, they hardly knew about his identity and that it was one of the biggest ever arrest in the district.


Mithilesh was the secretary of CPI(Maoist) Chhattisgarh committee and was looking after Bihar and Jharkhand.


A member of the central committee of the outfit, Mithilesh was wanted in dozens of cases in several districts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. When asked, deputy superintendent of police Mani Lal Mandal told The Telegraph: “We didn’t know that we were close to such a powerful Maoist. He was going to Jashpur in Chhattisgarh to hand over Rs 2 lakh.”


The jubilant deputy superintendent of police added that a reward of Rs 2 lakh was announced on Mithilesh’s head by both Chhattisgarh and Bihar governments. Mithilesh admitted that he went to Mugalsarai, where a man named Kishore handed him Rs 2 lakh as levy. He said he was going to Jashpur to hand it over to the local body of the outfit when he was arrested.


DSP Mandal said they had even recovered an imported pistol from the rebel, besides maps of the three states he used to operate, party literature and some important documents.


Mandal said a team of police officials reached a private bus stand in the town around 4 pm after the instruction of superintendent of police Praveen Kumar Singh. “We went there after getting an information from our sources. As soon as we reached the bus stand, Mithilesh arrived and we caught him,” he said.


Khaleej Times

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posted by Resistance 5/12/2007 09:29:00 PM,

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