August 28, 2010

Top Maoist leader arrested

KOLKATA:  senior member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was arrested here on Saturday by a joint team of the Bihar police and the Kolkata police's Special Task Force (STF), even as Maoists observed a 24-hour bandh in Paschim Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura districts to protest against the security operations in the region.

Sources in the STF said Musafir Sahani, who operated under names such as Anand, Alokda and Manik, was a member of the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh state committees of the CPI(Maoist).

He has over 15 cases of murder, arson and sedition pending against him in Bihar.

The Bihar police took Sahani to Bihar, after a court here granted four days of his transit remand.

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