Cops corner Maoist leader

RANCHI: The security forces on Sunday claimed to corner self-styled sub-zonal commander of the Maoist Kundan Pahan during an anti-Naxalite operation in the Bundu forest.

Jharkhand police spokesperson R K Mallik said the forces, who had launched the attack from four sides, had information about the presence of rebels in the forest. “The operation was launched and the security personnel were very close to the rebels. The operations are continuing in the area and will be able to say any thing concrete on the outcome only after the operation ends,” said Mallik. Pahan was wanted by police in a number of cases including murder of former state minister Ramesh Singh Munda and looting of Rs 5.5 crore from an ICICI Bank.

The security forces also recovered a large number of arms and ammunition from Baribring jungle in Simdega.

Police had the information that around 300 rebels were present in the forest following which the operation was launched. “We have recovered a number of rifles and pistols along with cartridges and Naxalite literature. We expect that the operation will continue till Monday morning,” said a police officer.


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