New Delhi, Jan 12: The National Investigative Agency on Saturday arrested key absconding accused Bhajohari Singh Munda who was wanted in the murder case of Jharkhand MLA Ramesh Munda, an official release said here on Saturday.
Accused Bhajohari Singh was arrested by a team of Raipur NIA and he is a resident of Arki in Khuti district of Jharkhand.
Bhajohari Singh was absconding for a long time and a Non Bailable Warrant was issued against him. He was earlier also charge sheeted on March 31, 2018 by the probe agency.
The central terror probe agency revealed 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 three crore, Kundan handed over Rs 2.78 crore to accused Bhajohari Singh Munda who was his associate at that time”, the NIA said.
“The money was given to him for safe custody and subsequent use in furthering Naxal activities in Jharkhand. Remaining Rs 2 crore as part of the deal of total Rs five crore was given on July 11, 2008 to another accused Balram Sahu by the staff of accused Raja Peter”, the NIA added further.
Former Jharkhand minister and sitting Janata Dal (United) MLA Ramesh Singh Munda was allegedly shot dead by Naxalites on July 9, 2008 at a school function at Bundu, which is located in his assembly constituency Tamar which is just 50 KM away from Jharkhand capital Ranchi.
Two of his bodyguards, a party colleague and a student were also killed in the attack that was carried out when Ramesh Munda was delivering his speech.