11 rebels surrender in Ranchi & Khunti districts

RANCHI: Police teams of two districts were successful in bringing 11 rebels, comprising three Maoists and eight suspected PLFI cadres, to their knees in two separate cases on Saturday. While Ranchi police arrested PLFI activist Aditya Kumar Gope and five others from Pandra Bazar, five Maoists surrendered before the Khunti police. Khunti SDPO Ashwini Kumar said that Maoist Ranjit Bodra and PLFI activist Sundar Pahan alias Nageshwar were in contact with Khunti SP Tamil Wanan and were convinced to surrender with two Maoists - Rohit Oraon and Narua Tirky of Nagri - whereas PLFI activist Arjun Singh surrendered with Pahan who was accused in many cases of arson, abduction and killing. Pahan was designated as area commander of the banned PLFI. The Naxalites also surrendered four single barrel guns, one 9mm pistol, live cartridges and five landmines weighing between 15 kg and 20 kg. Kumar said that all five people who surrendered before the Khunti police would be entitled for compensation under the state government's surrender policy. "After verification of the cases, the compensation amount would be fixed according to stature in their party folds and on the basis of firearms recovered from them," Kumar said. In a separate incident, Ranchi police were successful in arresting six PLFI members. While gang leader Aditya Gope was wanted in a number of cases registered with the Gumla police, antecedents of his aides are yet to be verified. "We suspect all five members of his group - Mantu Kumar Singh, Kundan Kumar Chandravanshi, Rahul Dayal, Vishal Kumar and Nadim Ansari -to have links with the PLFI," said city SP Ranjit Prasad. Giving details about the arrest, he said that Pandra police were conducting raids in connection with a Rs 10.3 lakh loot incident when they got information about a group of suspicious people making some plans in the Pandra Bazaar area. "Our policemen raided the spot and picked up all six of them with firearms. Gang leader Gope was identified as a wanted criminal who was released on bail recently," Prasad said. Police have recovered one SUV and one motorcycle from their possession. The motorbike was stolen from Latehar a few days back.

Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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