Suspected Maoist arrested in city

A 27-year-old suspected Maoist,wanted in several cases,was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: June 8, 2012 1:03 am

A 27-year-old suspected Maoist,wanted in several cases,was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

The police said Shiv Kumar,an expert in firearms and explosive devices and a member of the CPI(Maoist),is allegedly involved in a murder case and Naxal activities in Jharkhand. He has been sent in 15 days of judicial custody.

He had fled from Jharkhand after an ambush in November 2011 and was staying in Delhi with a relative.

The police received information that he would be coming to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar in Samaipur Badli area. A raid was conducted and he was nabbed.

The police said they recovered a 9 mm bore pistol along with two rounds from his possession.

Kumar joined the CPI(Maoist) in 2008. Before leaving for Jharkhand,he worked as a labourer in a copper factory here,sources said.

DCP (Crime and Railways) Sanjay Jain said Kumar had been trained in firearms and explosives handling. Apart from being an expert in long range firing with INSAS rifle,303 rifle,SLR and AK 47,he has been trained to assemble and plant IEDs. The police said he has handled booby traps ie bombs disguised as ordinary luggage. They said Kumar was involved in an ambush in Dhardhariya jungle in which 11 security personnel were killed and 50 others injured. The attack aimed to loot weapons.

In November 2011,Kumar and his associates planted bombs inside a few government schools in Latehar district,Jharkhand,which were being used by the security forces as shelters.

B K Sharma,DIG,Latehar,said: “Of late he might have gone into hibernation. He has been involved in many cases in 2010-11 — last incident being reported on May 3,2011.”

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