Top-ranked Maoist leader Sasadhar Mahato killed in encounter

Sasadhar is suspected to be behind major Maoist attacks in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 22:38 PM IST

Kolkata: In a major breakthrough, the
joint forces on Thursday killed top-ranking Maoist leader Sasadhar
Mahato and arrested a person at Kapgari in the Jamboni police
station area in West Midnapore district.

"Top-ranking Maoist leader Sasadhar Mahato has been
killed in an encounter and one AK 47 rifle has been recovered
from him at Binpur under Jhargram police station," IG (CRPF),
T B Rao said.

Rao said one more person has been arrested, but his
identity is not yet known and that the encounter and search
operation is still going on.

Rao could not say if anyone was injured in the encounter.

Sasadhar, brother of imprisoned PCPA convenor Chattradhar
Mahato, is suspected to be behind major Maoist attacks in
Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts and has been
linked to the Jnaneswari train accident in which 149 people
had lost their lives.

Sasadhar, a close aide of Maoist leader Kishenji, is also
considered to the mastermind behind the attack on a Eastern
Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp at Silda in West Midnapore district
in which 24 jawans were killed.

A state committee member and spokesperson of the
Bihar-Jharkhand-Orissa regional committee of the Maoists,
Sasadhar carried a reward of Rs two lakh on his head.

Mahato was also responsible for organising and mobilising
youth in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.

PTI