Within hours of his arrest on Saturday, Chhatradhar Mahato (45), the leader of the Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) in West Bengal’s Lalgarh area, has given information on the rebels in the region, claim the police.
Mahato has allegedly spoken about Bikash, a Maoist who appeared on June 15 before the media, his back to the cameras and an AK-47 slung across, when the Dharampur police outpost near Lalgarh was set on fire by a mob protesting against alleged police atrocities.
After Koteshwar Rao alias Kishanji (51), Bikash is the second-in-command in the Lalgarh area, 200 km from Kolkata. His name, according to Mahato, is Singrai Tudu. He is 27 and hails from Bulanpur village in Goaltore in West Midnapore district, 170 km west of Kolkata.
Sleuths recovered a photograph of Bikash from Mahato’s house in Amlia. They believe the photograph would help them dispel confusion over his identity, as they were mistaking him for his younger brother, Sasadhar Mahato.
Mahato also named Santosh Patra and Sidhu Soren as PCAPA’s key leaders, who are guiding the Maoists in the Goaltore-Ramgarh and Lalgarh.