Hardcore Bengal Maoist arrested in Orissa

Khokan Mahto faces over 30 cases of murder, abduction and treason in WB.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 15:17 PM IST

Baripada: A hardcore Maoist from
neighbouring West Bengal, facing over 30 cases including murder, abduction and treason, and two others were arrested in Orissa`s Mayurbhanj district, police said Tuesday.

The rebel was picked up during a joint raid on a house
by CRPF and police from village Budhakhamari in Bangiriposi
area, 45 km from here, last night, Mayurbhanj district
Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar told reporters here.

The Maoist, identified as Khokan Mahato (35) alias
Khagen of village Simili under Jhargram police station of West
Midnapore district in West Bengal, was an area commander, he
said.

The two others arrested were identified as an
associate Naba Mahato and Jitendra Mahanta in whose house
the ultra had taken shelter, the SP said.

No seizure was made during the raid.

Khokan was wanted in around 30 cases in West Bengal
and three in Orissa, Gangwar said.

The other cases in which Mahato is involved include
extortion, kidnapping, murder and treason.

The rebel had allegedly formed a club in his village
which was used for engaging youths in Maoist activities. The
West Bengal police had recently raided the club and seized
land mines and some Maoist literature, he said.

Khokan was also involved in the kidnapping and killing
of a police constable, Sarkar Hembram, at Beliabeda on March
six, the SP said.

The West Bengal police had been informed about the
arrest of Khokan, who would be produced in court.

PTI