Top Wanted Maoist Commander Arvindji Dead: Sources

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Ranchi: Top Naxal commander Arvindji, operating in Jharkhand, is reported to have died today of a heart attack in the jungles of the state, sources in the security establishment said.

Official sources said the horse-riding Arvindji alias Dev Kumar Singh alias Nishant was in his 50s and died early today in the jungles of the Budha Pahad in Jharkhand, bordering Chhattisgarh.

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The A category, most wanted Naxal leader was a member of the central committee of the banned CPI (Maoist) and carried a reward of Rs 1.5 crore on his head, declared by the police forces of Jharkhand and Bihar.

“We have reports to confirm that Arvindji is dead. It is understood that he suffered a heart attack today that claimed his life while he was in the Budha Pahar area,” a senior security official said.

However, security agencies and police did not make an independent confirmation on the development. They said the “well-educated and technology expert” Naxal leader was suffering from several diseases, including diabetes, and had his hand behind a number of killings and attacks on security forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the state.

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