Patna: Subodh Kumar Singh, a top-ranking Maoist leader wanted by the police of three states – Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh – was arrested from Kankerbagh police station area of Patna late on Friday night.
Police sources said Subodh was second in command after CPI(Maoist)central committee member Deo Kumar Singh alias Arvind ji, who died of a heart attack in March.
Subodh was secretely undergoing treatment in Patna for a spinal cord injury.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint police team of Jharkhand’s Latehar and Garwa district raided a house in Bhojpur colony with the help of Kankarbagh police and took Subodh into custody.
Subodh was taken to Patna Medical College for routine medical examination. Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said Patna police cooperated with the visiting police team from Jharkhand. Subodh was staying in the house of Shailesh Kumar Dwivedi. The SSP said the Maoist leader had suffered spinal cord injuries when he slipped from a hillock while trying to flee during an encounter with security forces in an area under the jurisdiction of Goltera police station in Chaibasa district of Jharkhand on May 11.
The Patna SSP said the extremists managed to escape from the encounter site. Subodh, also called Devendra, was later taken to Patna for treatment where he hired a flat on rent in Bhojpur locality.
“The future course of action will be taken on the advice of doctors. Subodh is a top-ranking Maoist leader after Arvind ji who had died of a cardiac arrest in Jharkhand a couple of months ago,” Maharaaj said. Sources said a sub-divisional police officer of Ranga in Garwa district and police personnel of Latehar district were involved in the raid. Kankerbagh police were also involved in the operation.
A member of Jharkhand police team described Subodh’s arrest a big achievement for security forces as he was one of the most wanted rebels of three neighbouring states. “This is the result of coordination among police officials of neighbouring states and intelligence sharing among them,” he told The Telegraph on Saturday.
Courtesy: The Telegraph