Wanted Naxal commander nabbed in a late-night raid by Noida police

Photo: Akash Mishra
Posted: Mar 27, 2018

In what can be called a major success for Noida Police, a Naxal commander — who was wanted in multiple murder cases and had a bounty of Rs 50,000 on his head — was nabbed by GB Nagar SSP and his team in a late-night operation in Harola village.

A revolver was also recovered from the possession of the arrested Naxal commander.

The success comes after a hiatus of two years.

GB Nagar SSP Ajay Pal Sharma, along with a police team, reached Sector-5 and started the search operation in Harola village. Seeing police, one particular person tried to flee from a house and was promptly nabbed and taken into custody.

The police were taken aback once his identity was revealed.

The accused was identified as Sudhir Bhagat, a Naxal commander, accused of bomb blast in a factory in Bihar, besides being wanted for several murders. There are 14 murders and 6 massacre allegations against Bhagat, who hails from Bihar's Muzaffarpur. The Naxal leader was living under a false identity in a Sector-5 house since 2015. He was a B.Tech dropout from Divya Jyoti College of Modinagar in Ghaziabad.

In view of the raid, the SSP said that tenant verification programmes will soon start in villages and sectors, so miscreants are brought under police net.

In 2015, UP ATS had arrested six Naxalites from Hindon Vihar in Noida. The arrested naxalites included Naxal commander Pradeep Singh Kharwar and his son Upendra Singh. He had been living in Noida since 2012. The police had a reward of Rs 5 lakh on him. He was one of Bihar's most wanted Maoists.

Sudhir Bhagat was able to escape, and the police have been on the lookout since then. Bihar police had also placed a bounty of Rs 50,000 on his head, and he figured among one of the most wanted Maoists of the state.

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