Maoist commander held.

Hazaribag: In a joint raid conducted by the Hazaribag and the Chatra police following a tip-off, a Maoist zonal commander Ajayjee alias Ranjan Paswan was arrested from the dense forests of Jordag bordering Keredari (Hazaribag) and Tandwa (Chatra) on Wednesday with two firearms and about dozen live cartridges, said SP Pankaj Kamboj here on Thursday.

The SP further said Ajayjee who was wanted by Chatra police in connection with several cases was taken to Chatra for interrogation. On the basis of information given by him, three more Maoists were arrested by the Chatra police.

The SP further said that Ajayjee was regularly guided by the jailed zonal commander Bhagirath Mahto, who is currently lodged in Hazaribag Central jail after his arrest some five years ago.

He said Ajay's area of operation was Barkagaon and Keredari in Hazaribag district, Chatra, Ramgarh and Khelari in Ranchi district. The SP said the police got the information from Bhagirath during a raid conducted in the high security cells of the central jail on October 25.

He said that Bhagirath used his cell phone in jail to organize his front which was looked after by Ajayjee and his team. The SP said under Bhagirath's guidance, Ajay was getting arms and ammunition and financial assistance for maintaining the front.

The Hazaribag police have filed separate cases against Ravi Sharma, Bhagirath Mahto and Pandoo Majhi for the recovery of prohibitory articles including cell phones and TV sets and chargers during the raid in the jail .

Courtesy:The Times of India 27.10.2011

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