Maoists involved in cops killing arrested

RANCHI: Security forces have arrested four Maoists including those involved in the murder of Bundu deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Pramod Kumar in 2008 and special branch inspector Francis Indwar in 2009.

Three rifles, including one snatched from police, one rifle repairing kit, one camera and 100 cartridges along with some Naxalite literature were recovered from Mailpidhi forest in Arki. The portable rifle repairing kit is handy for mending minor faults and cleaning the weapon after practice session or encounter.

Khunti SP Venu Tamilvanan confirmed the arrest and recovery of arms and ammunition from the Maoists. The rebels have confessed their involvement in murder, loot, arson and kidnapping.

“We have arrested self-styled area commander Bhim, woman leader Sheelmani and two others identified as Bisu and Martin from Mailpidhi jungle. All the four worked with subzonal commander Kundan Pahan and were associated with the rebel outfit 2003,” the SP said adding that the rebels were forwarded to judicial custody on Sunday.

Bhim has confessed his involved in the landmine blast at Bundu when six policemen, including the DSP, were killed in July 2008. He has also admitted his hand in abduction and murder of the special branch inspector in October 2009, police said.

Police had recovered Indwar’s headless body from Raisha in Namkum on the outskirts of Ranchi a week after abduction.

“Sheelmani was wanted in the Rs 5-crore loot of ICICI Bank in 2008. The money was looted along with the van in May 2008 near Tamar on NH-33 (Jamshedpur-Ranchi),” said the SP. The vehicle was recovered in a forest a few days later.

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