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Maoist landmine expert nabbed

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Sept. 2: Wanted CPI(Maoist) platoon commander Diwakar, alias Kishore Kisku, and his aide Gangaram Kerai were arrested from the Saranda forests in West Singhbhum, around 120km from the steel city, last evening, in what police termed as prize catch.

Police found a loaded countrymade pistol, live cartridges, 14 pieces of detonator, mobile phones, transistors, memory cards, chargers and batteries, Rs 19,160 in cash and items of daily use on the duo.

An expert in making landmines, Diwakar (22), who used to work for the Motilal Soren squad, was wanted in 14 cases of Naxalite-sponsored violence lodged at different police stations of the district.

West Singhbhum SP Narendra Kumar Singh said that the police were tipped-off that a group of rebels, including a dreaded Maoist, would cross over Kolaburu hills from Jatia, a stretch of about 10km, yesterday.

Subsequently, an anti-insurgency team spotted Diwakar near the hills on his way to Pokharia village.

“Diwakar is an expert in making explosives, like landmines and pressure bombs, and is known for his shooting skills,” the SP added.

A native of Pirtand in Giridih, he had joined the Maoist fold in 2004. After a few “successful” operations, he was made a section commander in 2010 and a platoon commander in 2011.

During interrogations, Diwakar confessed to his involvement in 13 incidents of murder, kidnapping and extortion, apart from the 14 registered cases in which he appeared as named accused.

“Diwakar was a part of the squad that killed 12 policemen in an ambush in Thalkobad in 2006. Apart from this, he was also involved in over a dozen fatal attacks on the police and paramilitary forces till September 2013, resulting in deaths of over a dozen jawans,” said SP Singh.

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