Maoist leader arrested

Security personnel arrested a top CPI (Maoists) leader from Jharkhand's East Singhbhum district during an anti-Maoist campaign on Tuesday, PTI reports from Jamshedpur.

The Maoist leader was arrested from an area under the jurisdiction of the Patamda police station, the police said.

A loaded country-made pistol of 7.65 bore, five cartridges, one magazine, four bundles of codex wire, 25 detonators and explosives were recovered from his possession, a police officer said.

He  was allegedly involved in all major Maoist attacks in the East Singhbhum district, including the gunning down of JMM MP Sunil Mahato in 2007, the police said.

"We have arrested Rajendra Singh Munda alias Gudru alias Raju alias Chandan during a joint anti-Naxal operation by the CRPF and the district armed police in the early hours today," Senior Superintendent of Police Anoop T Mathew said on Tuesday.

Munda is a resident of Balidih in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district,  he said while addressing a press conference here.

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