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NIA arrests Maoist rebel in Ramesh Munda murder case

Sushil was a member of the Kundan Pahan squad and was a member of the team that went to Tamar and murdered former Jharkhand minister Ramesh Singh Munda in 2008.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2018 16:44 IST
Debashish Sarkar
NIA sleuths had raided Maoist rebel Sushil’s village house on a tip-off.
NIA sleuths had raided Maoist rebel Sushil’s village house on a tip-off.(File Photo)

A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Chaibasa Muffasil police on Friday arrested absconding CPI (Maoist) rebel Sushil alias Buddhhu alias Chris alias Birendra Dange from Chaibasa in connection with the murder of former Jharkhand minister and JD (U) MLA from Tamar Ramesh Singh Munda.

NIA had earlier arrested former Tamar MLA and state minister Gopal Krishna Patar alias Raja Peter as the mastermind behind the murder and booked dreaded CPI (Maoist) commander Kundan Pahan who had surrendered under state government’s surrender policy last year as the executioner of the murder plot.

Police sources told 15-year-old Sushil was a member of the Kundan Pahan squad – operating in Tamar-Khunti-Silli area – and was a member of the team that went to Tamar and murdered Munda in 2008. Hailing from Dau village under Sonua police station (PS) area of West Sunghbhum district, Sushil had shifted to Chennai and later to Punjab where he was working as a labourer.

NIA sleuths had raided Sushil alias Chris’s village house two days ago on a tip-off that he has returned to his parental house but had failed to arrest him. Friday morning, NIA team along with district police team led by Chaibasa Muffasil PS officer-in-charge (OC) Digbijay Singh arrested him from near the police station itself.

“We have arrested him and he has admitted of being a member of the team that murdered Munda. He, however, insisted that he didn’t kill Munda. NIA team produced him in Chaibasa court and took him to Ranchi on transit remand,” Singh told the HT, refusing to divulge any more detail.

Sources said Sushil alias Chris had left CPI (Maoist) squad after Kundan Pahan’s surrender and got himself a new Aadhaar card, on the basis of which he got jobs in Chennai and later in Punjab.

Pahan had admitted to have killed Munda for Rs 5 crore given to him by Raja Peter during interrogation by NIA. NIA is investigating how Raja Peter possessed such a huge amount and who were the sponsors.

According to sources, the deal was struck between the banned CPI (Maoist) Politburo and Raja Peter. Initially, Rs 3 crore was paid in advance and Rs 2 crore was paid after Munda was killed. The remaining Rs 2 crore could not reach to the politburo of the CPI-Maoist as Maoist commander Balram Sahu escaped with the money. Balram too was later arrested by police.

Raja Peter had created history by defeating the then Jharkhand chief minister and JMM chief Shibu Soren in January 2009 by-election for the Tamar seat, which fell vacant after the murder of Ramesh Singh Munda.

Apart from Raja Peter, NIA had also arrested Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Sheshnath Singh in Munda’s murder. Singh was Munda’s bodyguard and he allegedly passed on information about the movement of Munda to Maoists.