A wanted Maoist Zonal Commander, Ram Mohan Singh Munda, and two of his associates have been arrested by the Jharkhand police. The arrested accused carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
He had nearly 50 cases, including murder of a Deputy Superintendent of Police and an MLA, registered against him.
The police have recovered at least 25 can bombs, besides several rounds of ammunition and fire-arms at the instance of the accused.
Apart from Munda, the other two associates have been identified as Panchu Lohra, a resident of Baruhatu, and Sakra Lohra, a resident of Bundiyaru under Silli police station area of Ranchi.
The arrests were made on April 1, when the trio and some other associates were gathered at the house of Sakra Lohra. Two police teams from different directions had zeroed-in on them. Following a brief exchange of fire, the trio was arrested.
Sharing the details on Saturday, Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi said: “Munda was the zonal commander of Chakdal-Chandil zone. He had cases registered against him in Ranchi, Ramgarh, Sararikela and Khunti. The can bombs, which have been diffused, were to be used against police and security forces. They were recovered from Kombo village in Khunti district.”
Munda, who was running the Maoists operations in at least 65 villages, was also involved in setting up units of the organisations in these areas by inducting young students. They would also target the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) cadre and oppose the community policing programmes.
The police said that there were at least 48 cases registered against Munda over the past seven to eight years. Prominent among them were the murder of Deputy Superintendent of Police Pramod Kumar in Tamar area of Ranchi in 2008. He had also murdered MLA Ramesh Singh Munda in Bundu area in the same year. Besides, he was involved in killing at least five villagers twice in different places in 2009.
The police had engaged him in encounters in various instances, but he had managed to escape. “He was involved in the encounter in Bundu area in February this year, where four Maoists were killed. But he had escaped,” said Dwivedi.
Munda has told the police that another top leader Kundan Pahan had left the organisation and formed his own group in 2013.