The arrested Maoist leader, identified as Alokji, is one of the founder members of Naxal movement in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Police sources said that the Maoist leader was taking shelter at the residence of an acquaintance when he was arrested in a joint operation of the Jharkhand and Delhi Police.
He is said to be behind the planning and execution of the Jehanabad jailbreak in Bihar and the Giridih arms loot in Jharkhand. In the November 2005 Jehanabad jailbreak incident, over 350 prisoners, many of them Maoists, had managed to escape. Similarly, armed Maoists attacked a homeguard training centre at Girdih and looted over 180 weapons.
Claiming the arrest as a major achievement towards destroying the brain behind the Naxal movement in Jharkhand, state police spokesperson S N Pradhan said that Alok was one of the most wanted Maoist.
“According to our information, there are about nine think tanks of the Maoist movement in eastern UP, Bihar and Jharkhand of which we have already arrested four, including Alok,” said Pradhan.
The other three who are already in the police net are Shankar Mahali, Pramod Mishra and Birbalji.
While Shankar Mahali was arrested from Bokaro in August 2007, Pramod Mishra was nabbed in Dhanbad in May this year.
Balbirji was arrested from Ranchi in June this year.
Pradhan said Alok was also wanted in over a dozen prominent cases in Garhwa and Palamu districts of the state. “Alok has been handed over to the Garhwa police for interrogation,” Pradhan added.
Meanwhile, security forces in Bokaro have launched a massive combing and search operation in the jungles of Upper Ghat following information that a large number of Maoists have gathered there.