2 Maoists arrested in Ranchi

RANCHI: Police arrested Shyamlal Yadav alias Dhananjayji, a sub-zonal commander of the CPI (Maoists), and one of his aides, identified as Prem Sahu, late on Sunday. Dhananjayji carried a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head. The police said that during interrogations, Dhananjayji made important revelations about the Maoist network and their modus operandi. Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh said the disclosures will help police to catch other guerrillas.

Dhananjayji, accused of killing several policemen, local leaders and civilians, was wanted by Ranchi, Chatra and Latehar police in over 20 cases. He has been known to lead gangs of Maoists to attack police stations and loot arms. Sources said that Dhananjayji was building a house at Simliya locality in Ratu and was in Ranchi to monitor the work when a special team, led by the SSP, nabbed them.

A 7.65 bore country-made pistol, a country-made sixer, several bullets and three mobile phones were recovered from his possession. The guerrilla, sub-zonal commander of Latehar and Panki, used to collect levy in McCluskieganj, Piparwar, Khalari and Balumath areas.

Prem Sahu son of Shivan Sahu was an aide of Dhananjayji and also hailed from the Balumath locality in Lathehar district.

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