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Top Maoist leader arrested in Jharkhand

October 01, 2009 19:36 IST
A top Maoist leader, allegedly involved in the killing of five policemen and subversive activities ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, was arrested on Thursday in Latehar district of Jharkhand.

Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested Birbal Oraon from Latehar, Latehar police station officer-in-charge Ravikant Prasad told mediapersons.

A self-styled deputy section commander of Communist Party of India -Maoist, Oraon used to operate in Latehar, he said.

Prasad claimed that during interrogation Oraon has admitted to blowing up of two buildings, housing a school and a health centre, in April this year in Latehar.

The Maoist leader was allegedly a part of a guerrilla squad that gunned down five policemen on July 29, the police official said.

"Oraon also admitted that he had made an abortive attempt to target a police van when he fitted a 100-kg bomb under a culvert at Podialana on March 19, 2009," Prasad said.

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