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Mastermind of Bihar hostage crisis arrested

Patna: The mastermind behind the Bihar hostage crisis has been arrested. Bihar Police on Saturday morning arrested the two senior Naxal leaders during a combing operation near the jungles of Lakhisarai and claimed that one of them is the mastermind behind the abduction of four Bihar policemen, one of whom was killed on Thursday.

The alleged mastermind has been identified as Pintu, a senior Naxal leader. The other leader has been identified as Bahadur Yadav and police claim both of them have confessed to their involvement in the kidnapping of four Bihar Police officials.

The duo was arrested from Gurmaha forest in Barhat police station area of Jamui district during the search operations. Pintu is reported be a Maoist area commander of Luxmipur-Simultala area.

However, there is still no word about the three remaining policemen. But Pramod’s arrest is likely to bring relief not only to the family members of the abducted policemen but also to the Nitish Kumar government.

On Friday the body of Lokus Tete, an assistant sub-inspector with the Bihar Military Police adbcuted with three other policemen, was found in a pool of blood in the forests near Lakhisari. For three other families, the harrowing wait continues.

Naxals shot Tete after holding him in captivity for five days. Contrary to the reports that appeared on Wednesday, it was not inspector Abhay Prasad Yadav who was killed.

But the letter found on Tete’s body laid all doubts to rest. His killers repeated their warning: “Pay heed to us or the other kidnapped cops will also meet the same fate.”

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