RAIPUR: A Maoist deputy commander carrying a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head was arrested on Wednesday along with explosives in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police claimed.
Bijapur superintendent of police K L Dhruv said Rakesh Sodhi (20) was arrested from the Awapalli police station area in the district when a joint team of security personnel set out on an area-domination operation.
The team comprising members from the Central Reserve Police Force's (CRPF) 229th battalion and the district police, cordoned off a road between Kottaguda and Kanwarguda villages soon after it spotted Sodhi who made a run for his life, he said.
The suspect was apprehended after a short chase. A bomb placed in a tiffin box, two detonators and an electric wire were seized from his bag, the SP said.
During interrogation, it was revealed that he was an active member of the local guerrilla squad (LGS) and a deputy commander of CPI (Maoist) in the Madded area, he said.
He was wanted in two naxal-related offences, the SP said, adding, he carried a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head.