Khunti (22/07/2016): Two PLFI rebels held in Khunti

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Ranchi: Two rebels belonging to the People's Liberation of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of the CPI Maoist, were arrested on Friday from Khunti district's Rania block, where anti-PLFI operation Operation Cocoon is on.

The arrested rebels Rajkumar and Amar Munda were PLFI foot soldiers and have been involved in multiple cases of encounters and 'anti-state' activities.

Khunti SP Anish Gupta said the arrested rebels were active in the Torpa and Murhu areas as well. "They were wanted in several cases lodged with the Rania Police Station," SP Gupta said.

Police recovered around 40 detonators, one rifle and over 50 live bullets from locations where the two had hidden them.

"They used to move with senior PLFI leaders and are aware of the details of their movement and strength. The police need such details to give teeth to its anti-PLFI operations," a police officer said.

Formed in 2006 in the Khunti-Ranchi border areas, PLFI has expanded its operations to different parts of the state but is considered to be the most dominant in Khunti. Police launched Operation Cocoon to target strongholds of the extremist organization in the tribal-dominated district. The men who are part of the operation are facing serious challenges due to the monsoon but the recent success against PLFI has motivated the police to intensify the operation.

"The operation will continue. The extremists are facing same challenges as the police. It is the right time to target them," said Khunti ASP PR Mishra.



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