Jhinia Pusam, alleged naxal lady commander, arrested in MP

Jhinia Pusam (32) was wanted for the 1999 murder of former Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Lakhiram Kaware in MP`s Balaghat district.

Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 18:52 PM IST

Bhopal: A naxal woman, carrying a reward
of more than Rs one lakh on her head, and wanted in more than
45 cases including those of murder, arson and looting in
Madhya Pradesh, was today arrested from Lanji area in Balaghat
district, close to the Chhattisgarh border, police said.

Jhinia Pusam (32) was wanted for the 1999 murder of
former Madhya Pradesh Transport Minister Lakhiram Kaware in
MP`s Balaghat district, police said.

Both the state police as well as the CBI which was
probing Kaware`s murder had announced rewards on her head.

Jhinia, a resident of village Rasimata in Balaghat,
eastern Madhya Pradesh, joined the naxals in 1994. After going
underground, she got the names `Pushpa` and `Rukma`, police
said.

She was once the commander of Tanda dalam which
operates along the border between Madhya Pradesh`s Balaghat
district and Chhattisgarh`s Rajnandgaon district, police said.

Also, she had been the former commander of Darakasa
Dalam which operates in MP and Maharashtra, and ex-commander
of Job Dalam of Rajnandgaon, police said.

After becoming a naxal, Jhinia went through two
marriages; both the husbands were fellow Naxals, police said.

"We are interrogating her to extract vital information
regarding the naxals," Inspector General of Police (Balaghat
and Mandla districts) C B Muniraju said.

PTI