Dhanbad/Bokaro: The Jharkhand Police and CRPF personnel in a joint operation on Saturday in Nawadih’s Jamania village arrested Maoist sub-zonal commander Phoolchand Soren alias Praveel Da and his close aide Bahadur Turi.

Phoolchand was wanted in over 32 cases and carried a reward of Rs 3 lakh.

According to police, Soren is the relative of Navin Manjhi, Bihar-Jharkhand special area committee commander.

SP Kuldeep Dwivedi said, “Acting on a tip off, the joint team of police and 26 Battalion of CRPF launched an operation in which he was arrested with his accomplice. The police also recovered country-made pistol, mobile, diary and Rs 2300 cash from them.”

Soren is a resident of Jamania. He had joined the squad of Manjhi in 2005. However, after Manjhi’s death, he took over the charge of area commander.