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‘Most Wanted’ Maoist leader carrying prize money of Rs 50 lakh nabbed

Loaded pistol and two highly explosives bombs recovered

Jamshedpur : In a major breakthrough, West Singhbhum police and CRPF on Wednesday evening nabbed Moti lal Soren, alias Sandeep, carrying a prize money of Rs 50 lakh and wanted by state and Odisha police from near a field in Latarkundrijhor village under Jetia police station in Saranda forest under Guablock of West Singhbhum district.
West Singhbhum SP Anish Gupta confirmed about the arrest at Chaibasa police headquarter.

“ We acted on a tip-off that the Maoist leader coming to Jetia to watch a football match. We had spread our team and deputed our sources. On getting information, a joint team of CRPF and district police entered the field in the village. We could see a man sitting in a hut and watching the match. Our informers helped us in identifying him as the Maoists. He tried to escape but was caught. We recovered a loaded pistol and two highly explosives bombs from his possession,” said Anish Gupta.

MotilalSoren (48), a resident of Giridih had a prize money of Rs 25 lakh each from both state and Odisha police and was amongst the ‘most wanted’ Maoists in the police list after leading Chaibasa jail break in December 2014 (in which 13 Maoists had escaped).

“We are still interrogating him and would be forwarding him to Chaibasa jail soon,” added the West Singhbhum SP.

Notably, undertrail prisoners had fled the Chaibasa Divisional Jail in the afternoon of December 9,2014, when they were bring brought into the jail premises from a prison van. On seeing the undertrial fleeing the jail premises, the police had opened fired causing two of them to die on the spot and three others to sustain bullet injuries. 15 of the undertrial prisoners, however, managed to flee. Of those killed were identified as Tipa Das and Ram Bilas Tanti, both rebels and the three injured were identified as Sanko Chaki, BirsinghHiburu and HesaPurty, who were also naxalites. Seven of the 15 who managed to escape were naxals.

Police said that the security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the ultras. “There has been a substantial increase in rebel activities in this area. We are not much concerned about small acts of violence because these activities can be controlled by us, but the bigger attacks are worrisome,” said a security official.

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