A 27-year-old suspected Maoist rebel, who police said was involved in a May 2011 ambush in which 11 security personnel were killed, has been arrested in the Capital. The rebel, Shiv Kumar, is a guerrilla and trained in the use of sophisticated weapons, the police claimed.
“Kumar has been trained in the use of firearms and handling explosives. He knows how to dismantle a pistol in seconds. He is also familiar with the INSAS, .303, AK-47 and self-loading rifles,” Sanjay Kumar Jain, the deputy commissioner of police (crime), said.
The police said Kumar, who they maintained was indoctrinated on left wing ideology in the Saryu Jungles of Jharkhand, could assemble and plant improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to work as landmines. “He has used both kinds of landmines — the type that needs to be triggered manually and another that depends on a remote control. The remote controlled IEDs are called ‘Arjuna Krishnas’ by the Maoist cadre," Jain added. Kumar has also handled “booby traps”, essentially bombs disguised as ordinary luggage.
Kumar is said to have told the police that he has taken special classes on the ideology, philosophy and theme of left wing extremism. The police claimed that he was closely associated with Ravinder, the area commander of rebels operating in Narkopi near Ranchi. Kumar has also discussed details of the hierarchy of the Maoist rebels in Jharkhand.
Kumar apparently rose through the ranks and became a crucial link in the Maoist organisation.
A senior source revealed that Kumar was well-versed in the theories of Karl Marx, Lenin and Mao Zedong. He is also believed to have taken part in around 200 Maoist-led movements against the police and security forces in Lohardaga and Latehar districts of Jharkhand.
In November 2010, Kumar took part in a group that allegedly killed a contractor, Chhedi Singh, who the rebels suspected of being a police informant. Around 400 rebels, including Kumar, ambushed security forces in Dhardhariya jungle near Senha in Lohardagga district a year later.
Last year, Kumar and others allegedly planted bombs around some government schools in Latehar. These schools were being used by the security forces as temporary shelters.