A Maoist group 'commander' who is one of the key suspects in the killing of 55 policemen in March 2007 in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district has been arrested, the police said in this state capital on Thursday.
Rame alias Ranjeeta, 28, was held in Dhamtari, some 80 km from in Raipur, late on Wednesday night when she visited the town for medical treatment, the police said.
She hails from a village under Dornapal police station in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, part of the Bastar region in the southern half od the state, and the nerve centre of Maoist rebellion in India.
Superintendent of police, Dhamtari district, Neha Champawat, told reporters: "Police were looking for Ranjeeta for over a year and had announced a cash reward of Rs 25,000 on her head because of her active involvement in several deadly attacks on police even in Maharashtra."
Ranjeeta was allegedly involved in the massacre of 55 policemen on March 15, 2007 when insurgents attacked a police outpost at Rani Bodli village in Bijapur district, which has been described as the biggest ever assault on policemen in India since Maoists launched their armed movement in 1967 from a West Bengal village.