Pandey, CPI(M)'s former Binpur zonal committee secretary, was arrested from Chandrapura in Bokaro district on Tuesday, CID Special Superintendent Bharati Ghosh said on Wednesday.

CID had produced Pandey before a Bokaro court and obtained a transit remand for him.

He was produced before the court of Burdwan Chief Judicial Magistrate Selim Ahmad Ansari, who remanded Pandey to one day's transit remand for production in Jhargram SDJM's court on Thursday.

Ghosh told reporters that Pandey had been hiding in various Maoist dominated places of Jharkhand since the massacre took place in Netai village on January 7, 2011.

Asked whether he had any connection with CPI(Maoist), Ghosh repeated that Pandey was hiding in Maoist dominated areas of the neighbouring state.

Nine persons were killed in indiscriminate firing allegedly from CPI(M) leader Rathin Dandapat's house at Netai where villagers distributed sweets today after hearing the news of Pandey's arrest.

Five more accused in the case, all local CPI (M) leaders, were arrested from Hyderabad on April 30. The five -- Dalim Pandey (Anuj's cousin), Rathin Dandapat, Joydeb Giri, Tapan De and Md Khaliluddin – are currently in jail custody.

Ghosh said Pandey and other arrested persons would be handed over to the CBI which is investigating the case.

Of the 20 accused in the case, 18 were arrested while two, Fullara Mandal and Chandi Karan, are still absconding.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the massacre in February 2011.

(Agencies)

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