Dreaded Naxal leader who killed 136 policemen arrested in Chhattisgarh

Two Maoist commanders, one of them allegedly involved in the Tadmetla massacre in which 76 security personnel were killed in 2010, were arrested in Chhattisgarh insurgency-hit Dantewada district on Monday.

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014, 03:50 AM IST

Raipur: Security forces spearheading the anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh claimed a major brreakthrough on Monday by arresting the accused of Dantewada killings — Kesha alias Vijja.

Bijja is the alleged mastermind behind the deadly Dantewada ambush of 2010 that claimed the lives of 75 CRPF men.

The 2010 ambush is infamous as the biggest attack on security forces and CRPF — the lead combat unit for conducting anti-Naxal operations in the country.

The CRPF, since the 2010 ambush, has upped the ante against Naxal guerillas in the area and established a post in the most difficult Maoist hit area of Bastar of the state.

Another Maoist commander was also arrested along with Vijja.

"Hardcore cadres Kesha alias Vijja (31) and Hemla Sannu (30), carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh and Rs 5 lakh on their heads respectively were apprehended from Kirandool police station limits," Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI here today.

Acting on specific inputs that the duo had arrived at a rally in Kirandul, several teams of the local police reached the spot and rounded up them, Kashyap said.

Allegedly, Vijja is the section commander of platoon number one of Maoist battalion number one, which is reportedly one of most ferocious military groups working under the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bastar and adjoining parts of neighbouring Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the SP said.

The other apprehended Maoist cadre Sannu is allegedly a commander of a Local Operations Squad active in the Gangaloor area.

After joining the banned Maoist movement in 2008, Sannu played an important role in executing several Maoist incidents in South Bastar, the SP said.

Their interrogation is likely to reveal various crucial details about the outlawed movement in the South Bastar region, the SP said.

With PTI inputs