Sambalpur: The Sambalpur police on Sunday arrested noted Naxal Bishi Pradhan accused in several incidents including murder and kidnapping. On Monday, after being produced in the court, he was sent to judicial custody.

According to police, Bishi was allegedly involved in the first Naxal incident in Sambalpur district.

Naxals had made their presence felt in the region on January 23, 2003 by allegedly killing former Sarpanch of Tanpargarh Kadar Singh. Bishi was allegedly involved in the incident.

The police had earlier arrested Bishi on two occasions and sent him to jail. However, he on both occasions was successful in getting bail after spending few months in jail.

JPN/Bureau