Three members of proscribed CPI (Maoist), including a self-styled zonal commander, were arrested from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, 71 km north of Patna, on Thursday night.
Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Kumar said Musafir Paswan, self -styled zonal commander and member of the banned outfit’s central area committee, and two other Maoists were arrested by a joint team of Muzaffarpur police and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) from Ramnagar village in Sakra police station area. The team also recovered firearms, explosives and Maoist literature from their possession, the SSP added.
Kumar said he had constituted the joint team under additional superintendent of police (operation) Rana Brajesh following a tip-off. “I had specific information that Paswan and some of his associates would come to attend a wedding at Bharthipur village, also in Sakra police station area. The team cordoned off the area and arrested the Maoists from Ramnagar, where they were sleeping after attending the marriage ceremony,” said the SSP.
“Paswan is a top leader of the Maoist outfit in north Bihar. He has been associated with the Reds for nearly 20 years. Even his son Rohit Paswan is a hardcore Maoist and is at present lodged in the divisional jail at Hajipur in the neighbouring Vaishali district,” the SSP added.
Kumar said Musafir Paswan and his associates had confessed to their involvement in more than 50 incidents of Maoist violence in Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Vaishali. East Champaran and West Champaran districts.
This is the second major catch of Maoists by Muzaffarpur police in two days. On Wednesday night, the Muzaffarpur police had arrested Rambali Paswan, a self-styled area commander of CPI (Maoist) in Saraiyya police station area of the district.