BHOPAL : The Balagaht police, on Monday, arrested naxal commander of Devri Dalam from village Magejhari-Deori of Gondia district of Maharashtra on Monday. The Dalam commander had ambushed a police party in 1996.
IG Balaghat Naxal operations, DC Sagar informed that the Dalam commander Bhagwan Taram alias Manik and others had attacked the joint interstate police party of Balaghat and Gondia in Dhiri-Murum jungle on 3rd March 1996. In the ambush, one policeman of Maharashtra police force had received gunshots and the then SP Mukesh Gupta had a narrow escape. In the cross-firing four naxal were killed, including three women. A case was registered under section 147,148,149,307 of IPC and 25, 27 of Arms Act in Bahela police station.
Since the attack, the accused was absconding. A court had issued a permanent arrest warrant against the accused. On a tip off, four constables of Lanjhi police station arrested him from his native place in Maharashtra.