INDIA. Mumbai: A wanted criminal and an active member of the banned Maoist group from Jharkhand was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) after raiding a chawl at Nalasopara near Mumbai on Sunday.
Karu Hulas Yadav (45), carrying a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head, was arrested by ATS from a chawl at Dhanvi in Ramnagar in the Nalasopara area.
The accused has been an active member of the regional committee of the banned CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand since 2004. Nearly 31 cases have been filed against him. They include 11 cases of murder alone. Other crimes include assault on the police, attempted murders, and extortion.
He is a native of Dodga village in Katkamsandi tehsil, Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand. He had come to Nalasopara for medical treatment and has been hiding there even after his treatment.
The Maharashtra Police had received a tip from the Jharkhand Police that the accused had come to Mumbai for treatment and was staying in the Nalasopara area. The Maharashtra ATS carried out a special operation and arrested the accused.
The ATS, which has seized some documents from the accused, is making an investigation to ascertain what sinister plans he had in Maharashtra. No sooner than the accused was arrested, the ATS informed the Jharkhand police about the arrest.
Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took to his Twitter handle and congratulated the ATS team for taking courageous action.
“I congratulate the ATS Maharashtra team for a successful early morning operation in which a top Naxal leader Karu Yadav was apprehended from Nalasopara, on whom there was a bounty of ₹ 15 lakh! Keep it up, team Maharashtra,” Fadnavis tweeted.
Speaking to the media, Fadnavis said, “A very good action has been taken by the Maharashtra ATS by arresting the accused, who was the leader of the Naxalites. He will be handed over to the Jharkhand government. This will give a big blow to the Naxalite movement. This action will expose the network of Naxalites.”