A top Maoist commander, wanted by police across at least nine Indian states, has died of heart attack in his hideout in Jharkhand, police said on Thursday.
Deo Kumar Singh, who had many aliases including Arvindji, Vikas, Shravan, Nishant and Sujit, was carrying a reward of Rs 10 million on his head, reports quoted the police as saying.
He had emerged as a major challenge for the security forces, who never caught him alive.
“We had information that he was suffering from heart ailments for long. The latest information is that he is dead. We are verifying the facts as his body has not been recovered,” a Jharkhand police spokesperson Ashish Batra told the media on Thursday.
Authorities said Singh would always walk in the company of 150-200 well-trained Maoists equipped with sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 rifles and rocket launchers and had his own mounted force.
“The security forces saw Arvindji moving on horseback for years and several times, he escaped by a whisker,” authorities said.