In a prize catch,the West Bengal police last night arrested top Maoist leader Arnab Dam alias Vikram alias Surya,who has allegedly been handling the reorganisation of Maoists in Bengal following the killing of Kishenji.
Held from Biramdih railway station in Purulia district,bordering Jharkhand,the 37-year-old has around 79 cases,including murder,abduction,looting and sedition,against him and is the secretary of the Bengal Jharkhand Orissa Border Regional Committee.
We arrested Arnab around 11 pm yesterday. We recovered an AK-47 with two magazines filled with ammunition. We also recovered several Maoist literature,letters written to his associates and to the media,a camera and a hard disc, said Gangeswar Singh,IG,Western Range. There were some villagers who used to work for Arnab who called him to the village,when we surrounded and captured him without a shot being fired.
The son of a retired West Bengal district judge,Dam dropped out of IIT-Kharagpur in the third semester of his mechanical engineering course sometime in 1998 to join the Chatra Yuba Sangram Committee,a Maoist outfit active in Burdwan district. In 1999,he left his home on the outskirts of Kolkata to join the CPI (Maoist).
He has been thrice arrested earlier from Siliguri on sedition charges. In 2005,he is said to have joined the Lalgarh squad and operated along with Sasadhar Mahato,Bikash and Suchitra Mahato. He is also believed to have been behind the abduction of an inspector of the State Intelligence Branch and a school teacher.