Ganga Paswan, alias Goga, a terror in Patna and Nalanda districts, was arrested with 11 of his associates from Fatuha in the Patna rural area after a brief encounter with the police on Monday.
Police said Paswan was absconding for over 15 years and his name figured among the five top criminals of the district. He had unleashed a reign of terror in the diara belt of Barh, Mokama, Fatuha, Bakhtiyarpur, Pandarak and Khushrupur police stations in Patna district.
Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said a police team, acting on a tip-off, raided hideouts at Dumari near Fatuha and apprehended Paswan, a native of Ranipur village under the jurisdiction of Fatuha police station.
Paswan along with his associates had gathered at his hideout to chalk out the strategy to kill resident Sanjay Choudhary. The gang had also plotted the murder of one Karu Yadav, a resident of Sikandara village.
The SSP said Paswan was wanted in connection with over a dozen cases of murder, including those of Bablu Yadav, Basudev Choudhary, Dev Narain Choudhary, Guddu Choudhary, Mahesh Choudhary and Ram Sakhi Devi, all residents of Fatuha, around 30km east of Patna.
The terror of Paswan can be gauged from the fact that several residents had abandoned their houses and shifted elsewhere.
“The members of the gang used to operate mainly in the diara belt of Patna and Nalanda districts. They were equipped with horses and country boats, which were used for committing crimes,” said Maharaaj.
He said Paswan remained elusive for a decade and a half because he used to escape to Bengal after committing crimes in Patna and Nalanda. “We are also collecting details of Paswan’s criminal antecedents in Bengal. A police would be sent soon to Bengal for the purpose,” the SSP told The Telegraph.
Paswan was reportedly involved in the loot of rifles from GRP personnel near Bakhtiyarpur after killing them about five years ago. Two rifles, three country-made pistols, one automatic pistol, 15 live cartridges and two packets of charas were seized from the criminals.