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Maoist leader arrested in Assam

Posted on Dec 06, 09:17PM | IANS

A Maoist leader, who is on the most-wanted list in Chhattisgarh, was Thursday arrested in an Assam town, police said.

Anand Singh Kharwal alias Anandji, wanted in several cases in Chhattisgarh and carrying a bounty of Rs.5 lakh, was held in Tezpur in Sonitpur district, around 250 km from here.

"The Maoist leader is a big catch for us. Based on information, a police team carried out an operation in the town and arrested him," Additional Director General of Assam Police (Special Operations Unit) Pallab Bhattacharjee told IANS.

He said Assam Police's Special Operation Unit was interrogating Kharwal.

He said they had informed Chattisgarh Police about the arrest.

"We were told that there is a bounty of Rs.5 lakh on Anandji," said Bhattacharjee.

Although Left Wing Extremism is a recent phenomenon in Assam, Sonitpur is one of the seven districts where Maoist activities are growing.