Maoist Leader Arrested by Delhi Police after 26 Years

    The Delhi police arrested a Maoist leader who was absconding for 26 years. The accused name Kishun Pandit was wanted because he brutally murdered a Bihar Police Officer.

    Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Dheeraj Kumar said that police received a tip-off on April 7 that the Kishun Pandit ( accused)  had been hiding on the outskirts of Faridabad City, Haryana with a fake identity. He was also a member of IPF Maale — a Maoist outfit active in the 1990s in Bihar — and the second-in-command of the Patna district.

    The Police Officer said that After hunting for the hideouts of the culprit, the police traced the accused near a CNG pump at Prahladpur in South-East Delhi.

    During the investigation, Pandit revealed that to fight the rich landlords in Bihar who oppressed the poor, Vinoba Mishra formed the IPF Maale group in 1990. Devender Singh was the district chief of the outfit in Patna, and Pandit joined the group as his second-in-command. Pandit was popularly known as Netaji.

    In 1996, when Devender Singh was murdered by unknown assailants and the police were taking his body for legal proceedings, Pandit, along with 2,000 members attacked the police with arms, sticks, sickles, and other deadly weapons, leading to the murder of an officer from Punpun police station in Bihar. The associates took Devender’s body away and looted a rifle and rounds from the police.

    The accused changed his identity when he fled from Patna to Faridabad. He instructed his family to convey to the villagers that he died in a train accident, the investigation revealed. His family members symbolically performed his last rites in their village, following which the police stopped looking for Kishun Pandit.

    While in Faridabad, the accused used to fake his identity and project himself as Sulender Pandit. However, the police verified his details through his land records and his wife’s Aadhar card.

    The accused was an expert in ambushing and disguising the law enforcement agencies with fake identities. Many fake IDs were recovered from his possession, said the police.

    Pandit had been absconding since 1996 and was declared a ‘public offender’ in 1997. A cash reward was later declared on his arrest in 1998, the police added.

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