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Maoist held after chase

Ranchi, April 29: A Maoist leader, who had come to attend a meeting at Serengdih forests, around 40km from the Ranchi district headquarters, was arrested last evening.

Soma Munda (45), area commander of Lali that covers portions of Angara, Namkum and Heso of Ranchi district, was chalking out strategies to organise IED blast training, expand the extremist organisation and collect levy when a joint team of police and CRPF raided the forests that come under Rahe outpost of Bundu police station.

A countrymade pistol with long barrel, two 8mm cartridges, two kit bags, two sets of camouflage uniforms, Naxalite literature, four SIM cards, a handset wireless carrier and a book on the principles and procedures of planting landmines were recovered from his possession.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ranchi, Prabhat Kumar, who produced Munda before the media this afternoon before forwarding him to the court, said more rebels would have been arrested if a Maoist sentry had not alerted them. “As security personnel, acting on intelligence inputs, reached the meeting venue, a sentry, deputed by the Maoists to keep watch, raised an alarm. The Naxalites started fleeing. The personnel gave a chase and caught Munda while the rest fled,” the officer said.

A resident of Heso in Namkum, Munda is with the CPI(Maoist) for eight years. Earlier, he used to work in the squad of zonal commander Kundan Pahan before shifting to the team of Ram Mohan Munda, commander of Gautamdhara sub-zone.