Maoist extremist apprehended in Delhi (Lead)

May 11th, 2012 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) A Maoist extremist wanted for the killing of a Jharkhand Police official was nabbed from northwest Delhi’s Rohini area, police said Friday.

Police officials claim the man, identified as Pradeep Kumar Singh, 42, was involved in several crimes, including the murder of Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajay Kumar in 2000.

Singh was nabbed by Delhi Police’s crime branch Thursday afternoon from Sector 24 of Rohini.

Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Ashok Chand told IANS: “Singh had fled after killing Kumar and was hiding in the area for some time.”

Singh, resident of Nindi village of Latehaar district in Jharkhand, joined People’s War Group (PWG) in 1990.

During interrogation, he told police that he was an active member of the PWG, a Maoist organisation active in Jharkhand and neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal.

In October 2000, he was member of the Maoist group that ambushed a police patrol led by Kumar, then the superintendent of police of Lohardaga.

After the ambush, the group split to evade police action. Singh fled to Punjab and worked there for almost five years to evade detection.

“He went back to Jharkhand to revive his organisation. But, in an operation conducted by police forces in February this year, some of his group members got killed and some were injured. Somehow Kumar managed to escape and came at his uncle’s residence in the NCR area,” said Sanjay Kumar Jain, Delhi’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Railways).

Singh has three sons. His elder son Rakesh is the local area commander of the Maoist group and has numerous cases of kidnapping and murder pending against him. He is one of the most wanted men in Latehaar, police said.

Singh had joined student politics and took an active part in agitations since his admission in an intermediate college in Daltonganj in 1988.

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