Ravi Sharma, stated to be an agriculture scientist in Bihar, and frontranking woman activist have been arrested by Jharkhand police on charges of Maoist links, a top police officer said on Tuesday.
Sharma, who had been arrested by Andhra Pradesh police from Patna, escaped along with his associate during transit on October 10, the officer, who did not want to be quoted, said.
In his forties, Sharma was working as a scientist in a reputed Agriculture University in Patna and allegedly was a member of the Central Committee of the CPI (Maoist), he added.
Interrogation of Sharma let to the arrest of a woman, who the police officer identified as Aradhana, heading the Maoists' wing of Nari Mukti Sangh.
The police believe that they would get significant information on the CPI (Maoist) from the duo.
In a dramatic fashion, Sharma had escaped on October 10 when the vehicle was stopped by the JVM-P in Hazaribagh during the bandh.
Sharma was freed by the bandh supporters after he raised an alarm that he had been in the clutches of kidnappers and the JVM-P activists believed him as the Andhra policemen were in plain clothes.