Six Maoists freed in Giridih still at large

RANCHI: Police are yet to arrest the six Maoists, including a member of Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee, one sub-zonal commander and an area commander, who were freed by their colleagues following an attack on the jail van at Mahadev Chowk in Giridih district nine days back. A group of CPI(Maoist), including some women members of the banned outfit, had attacked the jail van on November 9 and freed the Maoist prisoners who were being taken from court to jail. Three policemen and an under trail prisoner were killed in the attack. Among those who escaped during the Maoist attack on the jail van was Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee member Shahdeo Soren alias Pervez, sub-zonal commander Nemchandra Mahato and area commanders Mithun Mandal and Bipin Mandal, besides Baidyanath Tiwari. However, two of them -Tiwari and Bipin -returned and surrendered to the jail authorities the next day. Giridih SP Amol V Homkar said raids were on to trace and arrest the six rebels who managed to escape taking advantage of the chaos following the attack.

“The three senior rebels Parvez, Mahato and Mithun were wanted in a large number of cases, both in Bihar and Jharkhand, and if they remain free it will be a major problem for security forces. We are trying to get clues about their whereabouts and arrest them at the earliest,” the SP said. “We are trying to get information from Tiwari and Bipin who returned to the jail on their own about the possible hideout of the Maoists who are still at large,” Homkar added. However, he declined to share the information which the police have managed to elicit from the rebels who returned to the jail. Apart from the six Maoists, eight general undertrials are also still at large. Meanwhile, four more persons have been arrested on Saturday in connection with the Giridih attack taking the total number of arrests in the case to 11. “The arrested Maoists are identified as Babulal Besra, Chandar Marandi, Mukesh Yadav and Ashok Chode (Munger). Bombs and bikes were recovered from them,” Giridih Superintendent of Police A V Homkar said.

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