Keonjhar: The Joda police in the district here have arrested and court-forwarded one Ashok Kumar Mahakud (31), the mastermind of an inter-State dacoit gang, on Thursday.
Ashok alias Chote or Chotku, a native of Jhumpura, was in the most wanted list of Keonjhar police since 2010 for his alleged involvement in the Rs 40 lakh docoity case of Rugudi in the district. Besides, more than 20 cases were pending in his name at different police stations in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and neighboring district of Jharkhand.
There are also charges of extortion against him. He used to collect money from mines’ owners in name of Maoists.
Earlier, he had been arrested in 2010 in connection with a case in Chaibasa. Recently, his associate Miraz Khan had been arrested by the Champua police.