A Naxal with a reward of Rs 16 lakh on his head was arrested by Gadchiroli police in Maharashtra today. Pawan alias Soma Phoda Weladi (35), resident of Parsengdi, Chhattisgarh, was arrested this afternoon on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. A press release by the superintendent of police, Gadchiroli, said Pawan was a member of Gariabandh divisional committee of Maoists, and was involved in several acts of violence in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in the last 20 years. He had also worked as a bodyguard for senior Naxal leaders, the release said. This was the second big break-through after the arrest of three Naxals on Gadchiroli-Bijapur border in April this year, police said.
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