Police have arrested four wanted Maoists from Aurangabad district, during a joint operation of security forces of Bihar and Jharkhand, officials said Friday. The arrested Maoist include Vinay Yadav, the ‘regional commander’ of the CPI (Maoist), who was carrying a reward of ? 18 lakh on his head, they said.

Police also recovered ? 20 lakh in cash from their possession. Acting on a tip-off, security personnel had launched a search operation in some forested areas of the district, said Aurangabad SP Kantesh Kumar Mishra.

“These Maoists were involved in many crimes. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from their possession,” he said.

“All the wanted Maoists were arrested from Daud Nagar, Madanpur, and Mayapur areas of Aurangabad district,” Palamu SP Chandan Kumar Sinha said at a joint press conference.

Earlier on September 18, another Maoist leader Deepak Yadav alias Karu Yadav, who was wanted in more than 60 cases in Jharkhand and Bihar, was arrested in Maharashtra.

He was brought to Hazaribag and sent to jail on Friday, SP Manoj Ratan Chothe said.