BARGARH: A hardcore Maoist Mangru Mahto, alias Dhirendra alias Girish, was arrested by Bargarh police on Monday. Girish had escaped with two aides by breaking open jail on January 17 last year. He is believed to be operating by the name of Girish in Odisha and was instrumental in spreading the outfit in the region. He was wanted in nearly 40 cases registered in Bokaro, Dhanbad and West Singhbhum districts.
In a daring wee-hour operation, Mangru along with Motilal Soren alias Sandeep, and Raghunath Hembrom alias Nirbhay had escaped from Chaibasa Divisional Jail. It is learnt that they were facing trial in connection with rebel attacks at Bitekelsoya and Baliba in Saranda forest bordering Sundargarh in 2001 and 2002.
Though the Bargarh SP could not be contacted it is learnt that police are trying to ascertain the identity of the Maoist after which more details may be known.