Bengal attack suspect held in Tamil Nadu (Lead, correcting intro)

Chennai, April 7 (IANS) A Maoist leader wanted for the 2010 attack on an Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) camp in West Bengal that left 24 people dead has been arrested in Tamil Nadu, police said Sunday.

In a joint operation, the Tamil Nadu and West Bengal police swooped on Shyam Charan Tudu in Coimbatore.

“He was arrested at his residence around midnight yesterday (Saturday). The West Bengal Police, which had a tip off, sought our cooperation in the operation,” Coimbatore police chief A.K. Viswanathan told IANS.

He said Tudu will be taken to West Bengal on a transit remand.

“Due to security reasons we are not in a position to share the time and mode of his journey to West Bengal,” a West Bengal Police officer told IANS over telephone from Coimbatore on the condition of anonymity.

According to the official, Tudu, also known as Abhi, has several cases including murder against him and had been on the run.

“The attack on the EFR camp was masterminded by Jayanto who is also on the run. So far around 20 people have been arrested in connection with the attack,” the official added.

“Some people from Tudu’s village in West Bengal including his brother are working in Coimbatore,” Viswanathan said.

Tudu was working in a foundry unit in Coimbatore, around 500 km from here, since last year. Labourers from West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha are employed in sizeable numbers in Coimbatore.

In 2010, a gang of Maoists, allegedly led by Tudu, attacked the EFR camp in Sialda, killing 24 troopers.

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