Maoist leader held in Hazaribag

HAZARIBAG: Security forces arrested Maoist leader Bitka Marandi alias Bitka Manjhi, who was wanted in more than 12 incidents and evading police net since 2001, from Harli forest in Churchu late on Friday night.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Satyendra Singh said on Saturday that the arrest was made by a combined operation of the CRPF, Indian Reserve Battalion and Jharkhand Armed Police.

“The Maoist was arrested while he was talking to his chief Charlis, the self-styled area commander of Hazaribag, Bokaro and Giridih districts of Jharkhand,” Singh said.

The arrested rebel was wanted by police for killing 13 security personnel including 11 CRPF jawans in 2001.

“The rebel was wanted in more than 12 incidents in Hazaribag, Bokaro and Giridih districts. He was also involved in attacking the camp office of a private construction company engaged in widening of NH-33 at Morangi in Hazaribag in November last year. The Maoists had set afire 50 vehicles after the company refused to pay levy,” said the DSP.

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