Latehar: The Jharkhand police along with the help of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Saturday nabbed a Sub Zonal Commander of the Naxal organization BKP (Maoist) from Kurund village of the Manika region in Jharkhand.
“He (Maoist commander) was sub-zonal commander & an active member, his arrest is big achievement for this area,” Latehar Superintendent of Police Michael S Raj told ANI.
The SP further said, “He was wanted for his involvement in 8 cases, he has confessed that Maoism is weakening over the time.”
He added that the operation to arrest Santosh Khervar was carried out based on the intelligence input from security agencies.
"We have arrested Santosh Khervar, who was a sub zonal commander and an active member of the Maoists. He was arrested from the residence of his friend," Raj said.
"Khervar was arrested with 25 rounds of SLR bullets, six mobile phones, 13 sim cards, around Rs. 27,000 cash and some Maoist receipts. He was an active member [of the BKP] and was wanted by the police in eight cases," he added.
Police made the arrest amidst voting was under way in the state. Fourth phase of the Assembly Elections took place in Jharkhand today at 5,482 booths, including 36 auxiliary ones.
The state police on Thursday had arrested Naxal leader and alleged mastermind of Jharkhand jailbreak Sanjay Ganju, who carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
As per reports, Jharkhand fared as the state with the highest incidence of Naxal violence in the first quarter of this year.