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Palamau rebel held in capital

Ranchi, July 19: A Maoist guerrilla, who was active in the forests of Palamau district, was arrested from New Market in the heart of the state capital last night.

Mutur Paswan (34), also known as Neeraj Razwar and Nirmal Jee, had come to the city for the twin purposes of striking a deal with an arms supplier from Munger and issuing print orders for Maoist posters when police, acting on a tip-off, nabbed him around 11.45pm. The area from where he was picked up falls under Sukhdeonagar police station.

An amount of Rs 2.5 lakh, Maoist posters and mobile phones have been recovered from his possession.

Hailing from Jujhar Sikni village in Hussainabad police station area of Palamau, Paswan was wanted in a number of cases, including attack on police teams, murders, train robberies and other crimes.

Presenting him before the media at Kotwali police station this afternoon, Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar said: “Paswan joined the CPI(Maoist) in 1999. In 2002, he led the Maoists in an encounter with police in Hussainabad. In the same year, he shot dead a farmer, Amrica Paswan, and blew up a police vehicle, killing two policemen. In 2003, he robbed a train in Sasaram. He was arrested the same year and sent to jail, but was released in 2011.”

In another breakthrough, a team of Gujarat and Ranchi police arrested an extortionist, Arvind Rai, from Indrapuri, which is also under Sukhdeonagar police station. Rai was wanted in an extortion case registered at Surat police station.

“Rai is a shooter in the Chandan Sonar gang. He had demanded Rs 2 crore from one Reyz Memom, a relative of noted businessmen Suhail Hingora who was abducted from Gujarat and recovered from Bihar last year,” SSP Kumar said.


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