New Delhi. August 10: Top Mao leader and Politburo member Pramod Mishra alias Kanhaiya has been reportedly held by the Bihar police.
Sleuths nabbed him on the Bihar-Jharkhand border late at night on Wednesday, said sources.
The Gaya Police caught him along with one of his associates, identified as Anil Yadav.
However, his arrest has not been officially confirmed yet.
The top Mao cadre was earlier arrested by the Jharkhand Police's STF on March 14, 2009 from Vinod Nagar in Dhanbad who was released from the jail in 2017 due to lack of evidence.
He once again became active in Naxalite activities. Two years ago, four members of a family were hanged by Maoists in Gaya on charges of being informers. It is said that he had ordered them to be hanged.
The NIA and the police had been trying to arrest him for the past several months. On May 3, the NIA raided his ancestral residence and relatives' house.
Worth mentioning, Mishra has played an important role in the expansion of Maoist organisation in many states including Delhi, Punjab,Haryana and Chhattisgarh. He had taken shelter at some hideout in Gaya district along the Jharkhand-Bihar border. His name also appeared in the United States Department's Country Reports on Terrorism 2006. Dozens of cases are registered against him in Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.