The police on Friday claimed arresting a wanted Maoist, who was named in over 130 criminal cases in the State including 19 murders, in Balaghat, 431 km east from here.
Police said Diliip Uikey alias Guha, who was a member of the North Gadchiroli divisional committee of the Maoists, was wanted by the police in half-a-dozen states. He carries a reward of Rs 35 lakh on his arrest.
"Dilip is a senior member of the CPI(Maoist). He has 19 murder cases againt him in Balaghat district alone . In fact, he has 130 criminal cases in Balaghat. Over all, he was wanted for his involvement in over 250 criminal cases in different states", said a police official.
Intelligence sources said that Dilip had joined the Malajkhand dalam of Maoists in mid-90s. Later, he joined the military dalam and worked as deputy commander in the special guerilla squad. He has numerous cases of involvement in attacks, loots oof weapons and landmine blasts
The local police officials said that Dilip Uikey is a prized catch. He was caught after they received tip-off about his movement in the forests of Songudda in the district.
Subsequently, the police officials sent separate teams and surrounded the Maoists. While others managed to escape, Dilip was caught.
It was after he was overpowered that the police realised that they had incidentally caught a wanted left-wing extremist who was wanted for over 250 criminal cases including attacks on police and villagers apart from being wanted for dozens of cases of Explosives Act.
The Police headquarters (PHQ) confirmed that Dilip had 130 cases against him in Balaghat, which is the sole Maoist affected district in MP, and carried a reward of Rs 35 lakh announced in three states.