Former Maoist leader arrested in Gumla

GUMLA: A former self-styled Maoist squad commander was arrested by the district police from Nagfeni on NH-23 on Thursday.

"The Maoist leader has been identified as Sandeep Mishra, a resident of Baghima Tipsatoli under Palkot police station in the district," SP Jatin Narwal said.

"A graduate and an expert in handling computers, Mishra joined CPI (Maoist) in 2001 and remained a part of the outfit till 2009," he said. After leaving the outfit he joined notorious Jogi Tiger criminal gang in the same year.

The SP added, despite parting with the organization he was in regular touch with Maoist leaders Buddheshwar Oraon and Vishwanath. He was a good orator at the Maoist Jan Adalats, Narwal said, adding that last year the district police had proposed a reward of Rs1 lakh on his arrest.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by DSP (probation) Deepak Kumar Pande and ASI Pradeep Chowdhary arrested Mishra. He was wanted in 14 cases, including murder, extortion and extremism since 2001.

Mishra revealed vital information with regard to the Maoist network in the area and their supporters, he added.

During his tenure at the Jogi Tiger criminal gang, he used to extort money from contractors and businessmen and is believed to have bought property in town, Narwal said. Jogi Tiger was killed last year and Mishra took charge as the gang's kingpin, since then.

Courtesy: 04.05.2012

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