Bihar: Top three Maoist leaders among seven ultra arrested

In its biggest catch in operation against the naxalites in recent times, the Bihar police on Saturday arrested seven Maoists, including three top leaders, in Katihar district, a top police official said today.

Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

Patna: In its biggest catch in operation
against the naxalites in recent times, the Bihar police on Saturday
arrested seven Maoists, including three top leaders, in
Katihar district, a top police official said today.

The three CPI(Maoist) central committee members
Varanasi Subarmanyam alias Srikant alias Sukant alias Vimal
(58), Vijay Kumar Arya alias Jaspalji alias Amar and Pulendu
Shekhar Mukherjee alias Jhantu Mukherjee alias Saheb Da (59)
were rounded up by Special Task Force team from Ganesh Tola at
Sheet village yesterday.
They were formally arrested today after ascertaining
their identity from police authorities in Andhra Pradesh,
Inspector General of Police (IG), Operations, S K Dwivedi told
reporters here.

Subarmanyam was also the in-charge of the the
CPI(Maoist)`s international department since the arrest of
Kobad Gandhi in 2009, Dwivedi said.

The four other arrested ultras have been identified as
the outfit`s North Bihar and Uttar Pradesh regional bureau
scretary Abhimanyu alias Umesh Yadav alias Rajendra, Nokhelal
Choudhary alias Bakaf alias Suraj (North Bihar Eastern Zonal
Committee member), Shyamji Rishi (North Bihar Eastern Zonal
Committee member) and Anirudh Ravidas (an active supporter),
Dwivedi said.

A large haul of naxal literature, books, pamphlets,
posters, three pen drives, three mobile phones and other
materials have been seized from their possession, the IG
(Operations) said.
Subarmanyam, also the CPI(Maoist) North Regional
bureau Secretary, was carrying a reward of Rs. 12 lakh on
his head by the Andhra Pradesh police.

The IG (Operations) said Mukherji, a native of North
24 Parganas district of West Bengal, was the east regional
bureau secretary and was in-charge of urban sub-committee of
the CPI (Maoist) since 2007, apart from looking after it`s
activities in New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and other urban
centres.

Mukherjee was wanted in ten cases in Chattisgarh and
17 other cases in Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh
and Jharkhand, Dwivedi said.

About the third CPI (Maoist) top-rung leader Arya, he
said that the former, a native of Gaya district of Bihar, was
wanted in 12 cases of naxalite activities in the state and was
carrying a reward of Rs. 3 lakh on his head from the state
police.

Quoting the confession by the incarcerated CPI(Maoist)
leader Kobad Gandhi made to the Andhra Pradesh police, Dwivedi
said that the former had revealed that Mukherji, Subarmanyam
and Arya were involved in 17 incidents of naxalite violence,
including the Dantewara massacre in Chattisgarh.

Referring to the STF`s operation that led to
the arrests, the IG (Operations) said the STF had received a
tip off about some suspicious people hiding in the village.

A STF team, headed by the Superintendent of Police
(SP) Sudhir Kumar Singh, then reached the village yesterday
morning and detained the seven ultras for questioning.

The STF team brought the seven ultra to Patna this
morning and upon verification of their identity from
authorities in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh formally
arrested them, Dwivedi said.

All seven arrested ultras were being taken back to
Katihar where they would be produced before a court tomorrow.

PTI