A Jharkhand Maoist leader carrying a reward of ? 15 lakh on his head was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad from Palghar district on Sunday, an ATS official said.

Karu Hulas Yadav, 45, was a regional committee member of the banned CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand. In an early morning operation, the ATS arrested him after a raid at a chawl (tenement) in Nalasopara area of Palghar district adjoining Mumbai, the official said.

Yadav, a resident of Hazaribagh in Jharkhand, had come to Maharashtra for medical treatment, he said.