Thursday, July 16, 2009

Maoist commander held in Jharkhand

Ranchi, July 16 (IANS) A Maoist commander was arrested in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district Thursday, police said.

Area commander of Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC) Ramanji was arrested from Burkunda area of Ramgarh district, some 80 km from Ranchi, police said.

Ramanji had come to the Burkunda area to extort money, police added.

Incriminating documents including Maoist literature were recovered from Ramanji, police said.

According to police, Ramanji was wanted in more than a dozen cases.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in the last eight years.

IANS

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