A 25-year-old Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 8 lakh on his head was arrested after an encounter with the police in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday.
“In an encounter with the police on Tuesday in the Balaghat district, a Maoist, identified as Sandeep Kunjam aka Lakkhu, was arrested,” Mishra told reporters.
He said the arrested ultra was carrying a total reward of Rs eight lakh, including Rs three lakh in Madhya Pradesh and Rs five lakh in neighbouring Chhattisgarh, on his head.
Police and Maoists exchanged fire in a village under Birsa police station limits on Tuesday, Mishra said.
“The MP government is running an operation to eliminate Maoists from the state. Police are successful in this endeavour,” he added.
According to the Balaghat police, Kunjam is a member of the Khatiya Mocha Area Dalam of Maoists.
On a tip-off that about 20 Maoists are gathered in Jairasi village, a police team reached the spot and surrounded them, police said in a statement.
“When asked to surrender, the Maoists started firing while retreating towards the forest. Police also retaliated in self-defence. One of the Maoists, identified as Sandeep Kunjam, was arrested by the police,” it reads.
The statement is silent on casualties if any.
According to the police, 18 cases are pending against the arrested maoist in Madhya Pradesh and four in Chhattisgarh. “Information about his activities in Maharashtra is being collected,” police said.
Kunjam is a resident of Kuakonda village under the Bengur police station in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
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