In a joint operation straight out of a crime thriller, the Mumbai crime branch along with the Jharkhand police on Friday arrested a wanted Maoist activist from a construction site in Mulund where he was working as a carpenter. The man, Pintu Jawar Paswan, 23, is one of the main accused in the killing of 10 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in Gumla district of Jharkhand, said the police.
Paswan, a resident of Gaya in Bihar had also placed a bomb in a school in Satvini village, in Jharkhand back in 2008 suspecting to kill a group of cops who were camping in the school. Luckily the blast did not cause any casualties.
“Later Paswan’s name had also cropped in the killing of 10 CRPF jawans in a blast at Gumla district in 2012,” said a police officer from the Mumbai crime branch. “We had intelligence reports confirming that he was living in Mumbai. So we informed the Jharkhand police and under the leadership of our additional commissioner of police, crime branch, Niket Kaushik, we raided the construction site in Mulund and arrested him,” said the police officer.
Paswan is apparently a member of a local splinter group of Maoists in Jharkhand. “He was working on a construction site for the last two months after fleeing Jharkhand,” said the officer.
Paswan’s name cropped up in the killing of 10 CRPF jawans in a blast at Gumla district in Jharkhand in 2010. He was a member of a local splinter group of Maoists