East Singbhum police launch anti-Maoist operation

JAMSHEDPUR: East Singhbhum police and CRPF carried out an anti-extremist operation in the forest under Ghurabanda police station, bordering Odisha, on Monday.

Police claimed it was a routine operation against CPI (Maoist) and has nothing to do with the MLA hostage crisis in the neighbouring state. “The operation is part of the normal course of action against the Maoists and was launched two days ago,” said sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Ghatshila, Naresh Kumar.

An officer, part of the day-long operation, said combing was being done since the evening of last Saturday, and two security teams are still present in the forest. A senior state intelligence officer said they have received inputs from their Odisha counterpart about four suspected rebels who have possibly sneaked into the state through the Jharkhand border.

The officer did not say whether the four suspected rebels had any links with the group that kidnapped Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka. “On the advice of Odisha police, we alerted the district police,” he said.

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