MLA Ramesh Munda killing: NIA arrests key absconding accused

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Raipur: A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Raipur today arrested a key accused in the murder of MLA Ramesh Munda in 2008.

Bhajohari Singh Munda, a resident of Gurubeda in Arki police limits of Khunti district of Jharkhand, was arrested from Jojohatu village today.

He was absconding for a long time and a NBW was issued against him. He was also earlier chargesheeted on March 31, 2018 by the NIA.

It was found during the investigation that on July 8, 2008, the main accused CPI (Maoist) leader Kundan Pahan got Rs 3 crore advance money from accused Raja Peter for the killing of MLA Ramesh Munda.

Out of this Rs 3 crore, he handed over Rs 2.78 crore to accused Bhajohari Singh Munda who was his associate at that time.

The money was given to him for safe custody for subsequent use in furthering Naxal activities in Jharkhand.

Remaining Rs 2 crore as part of the deal of total Rs five crores was given on July 11, 2008 to another accused Balram Sahu by the staff of accused Raja Peter.

Notably, Munda, who was a Janata Dal (U) MLA, was killed allegedly by Naxalites when he was delivering a speech at a function in Bundu in his assembly constituency Tamar on July 9, 2008.

His two bodyguards were also killed in the attack.

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