Three hardcore Maoists held in Bihar

Bihar police on Sunday arrested three hardcore Maoists from Gaya, Nawada and Munger districts, police said.

Gaya: Bihar police on Sunday arrested three hardcore Maoists from Gaya, Nawada and Munger districts, police said.

Acting on a tip off, a police team raided Shastri Nagar locality under Rampur police station in Gaya district and nabbed a hardcore Maoist, identified as Vikas alias Guruji, Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.

The ultra, said to be an area commander of the banned CPI(Maoist), was carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head.

Vikas was wanted in 15 cases related to Maoist violence in the district, including attack on Paraiya police station in 2003 in which four policemen were killed. Maoists had also looted arms and ammunitions from there, Maharaj said.

In another catch, the police arrested ultra Nepali alias Sanjay Rajvanshi from Tehra village under Warsaliganj police station in Nawada district, Superintendent of Police Parvez Akhtar said.

The Maoist ultra was wanted in a case related to kidnapping of three villagers recently, he said.

In Munger, Vijay Manjhi was nabbed from Amjhar locality under East Colony police station area, Additional Superintendent of Police, Operations, Navin Kumar said.

"Manjhi served prison term for being involved in Left Wing Extremism activities. He came out of jail a few months ago and went to West Bengal to work at a brick kiln. He returned to Munger recently and revived his links," Kumar said.

The ASP said Manjhi, who could be involved in spreading the underground network by recruiting youths, was arrested following intelligence inputs.