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Nine more Maoists hiding in Delhi?

The police sources claim nine more suspected Maoists are active in the capital. Apparently during interrogation, suspected Maoist Pradeep Kumar Singh, who was arrested by Delhi police on 11 May, admitted to the presence of more Maoists, said sources.

Singh was arrested for the murder of a senior policeman and for participating in separatist agitations.

Sources told Millennium Post that two of these suspected Maoists had helped Singh hide in Delhi. As of now, Delhi police only knows that they are in Delhi, but is yet to identify them. Delhi police, said the sources, are investigating further.

Pradeep Kumar Singh is supposedly an active member of People's War Group (PWG), which has merged with the Maosit Communist Centre. Singh, who was studying political science in an intermediate college in Daltonganj, had apparently joined student politics and started taking active part in agitations since 1988.

Singh was one of the suspects in the murder of Ajay Kumar Singh, a Superintendent of Police (SP) of Lohardaga. It is being alleged that in October 2000, he was part of a PWG team headed by a Guddu Oraon, which had attacked the police patrol party led by Kumar. After this ambush, the group split to evade police action. Singh had then fled to Punjab and worked there for almost five years.

Singh was also purportedly part of 'Jharkhand Mazdoor Kisan Sangrami Parishad'. According to police, Singh had participated actively in the movement demanding a separate state of Jharkhand as well as the Biri Patta Daam Andolan movement. Singh, alleged the police, went back to Jharkhand to revive his organisation. But, in a operation conducted by police forces in February this year, some of the members were killed. Singh had supposedly escaped the police dragnet and landed in NCR.

Singh's 20-year-old son Rakesh is also a Maoist suspect. According to the police, Rakesh is the local area commander of Maoists in Latehar, and has a number of murder and kidnapping cases against him. When Delhi police arrested Singh, he had tried to escape, but was overpowered by the police. A loaded 7.65 mm pistol and two cartridges were also recovered from his possession.
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