Maoist action squad member arrested

A Maoist action squad member, accused in the murder of five persons including a CPI(M) worker in West Midnapore district, was arrested by joint forces from Jhargram this evening.

Additional Superintendent of Police Alok Bajoria said Prashanta Mahato, an active member of CPI (Maoist) Jayanta squad, was picked up by joint forces from Ghritokham village under Jhargram sub-division following a tip-off.

Prashanto, who did not offer any resistance, was wanted in connection with five killings in the area including the murder of CPI(M) worker Biswanath Mahto in recent years.

Ghritokham is a forested village known to be a Maoist hotbed.

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