Kolkata, Feb 24 : The West Bengal Police has arrested a top Maoist leader responsible for operations in West Bengal and neighbouring Orissa and Jharkhand along with another cadre on Saturday.
The CID, acting on a tip-off, arrested the 55-year old leader, known only by his first name Somen, from Hridaypur railway station in North 24 Parganas district, Rajeev Kumar, IG (Special Operations) CID, said.
Somen alias Bidhan has been the West Bengal General Secretary of the CPI (Maoist) for the last three years.
A resident of Khardah in North 24 Parganas district, Somen's orginal name is Himadri Sen Roy, and is married with a son studying in class IX, sources said.
Starting his political life in the CPI (Maoist), Somen joined the erstwhile People's War Group some years back.
After the arrest, the two cadres were taken to Badu and Madhyamgram, in the district for inquiry, and finally to Bhavani Bhavan, the CID headquarters in Kolkata.