Maoist held in Hazaribag

HAZARIBAG: A police team headed by the officer-in-charge of the Bishnugarh Police station Ramdayal Munda along with a CRPF squad arrested hardcore Maoist Shivcharan Manjhi with arms late on Sunday, Hazaribag superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj told the media on Monday

He said Manjhi, who was wanted in 15 cases, including police encounters, was released from the Hazaribag Central jail recently, after completion of his previous term. However, immediately after release, he started indulging in anti-social activities like threatening local people with dire consequences, if they fail to abide by the 48-hour bandh call which ended on Sunday midnight. Acting on a tip-off, the police team conducted raids in the dense forests near Konar Dam and succeeded in arresting Manjhi.

Maoist literature, posters and arms, including revolver, six live cartridges, was recovered from him. Manjhi was produced before the chief judicial magistrate of Hazaribag on Monday and was remanded in jusicial custody. Kamboj, however confirmed that no untoward incident took place anywhere in the district owing to the bandh call. Police patrolling in the region have been intensified following the arrest of Manjhi.

Section 144 enforced in Maithan: Sub-divisional magistrate of Dhanbad on Monday enforced prohibitory orders under section 144 in Maithan, 40 kms from here, following a gherao threat to the DVC project office by the displaced groups. The SDM, in his order, said the officer-in-charge of Maithan informed that there is a fear of violence and aggression in the area, owing to the agitation threat by the organization from May 1.

In 2010 too, the SDM said, large-scale violence outbroke in the area when the agitators assaulted senior officers of the DVC at Maithan and damaged property of the project office. Prohibitory orders which restrict assembly of more than five persons at a place shall be applicable in the Maithan township, till further orders.

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