Top Maoist carrying a 10 lakh rupee bounty arrested with AK-47, 5 associates in Jharkhand
Giridih police in Jharkhand made a breakthrough with the arrest of Prasant Majhi, identified as a high-ranking member of the banned PCI (Maoists), with a 10 lakh rupee bounty on his head, along with his five associates on a field mountainous Parasnath. under the Khukhra Police Station.
Giridih (SP) Police Superintendent Amit Renu admitted the arrest on Saturday, but refused to share details and said he was busy with the action process and would speak later on the matter.
Officials at the local police station said a special squad also confiscated Prasant Majhi’s AK-47 rifle. Among the arrested Maoist activists, two are women and three are men.
The arrest of Majhi is said to be one of the biggest breakthroughs by Renu, who has launched an all-out operation to eliminate Maoists from the region.
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The police officer said that after receiving a tip, SP Amit Renu set up a special squad that arrested Majhi who was hiding among the Parvatpur-Pandeydih villages on the border of Giridih-Dhanbad districts under the Khukhra police station. .
The sources said police arrested Prasant Majhi and his associates on Friday and secretly took him to an unknown location for questioning and to avoid protests sparked by the Maoists.
A CRPF picket is being organized in Parvatpur-Pandeydih, the village of the feared Maoist Ajay Mahto, carrying a bounty worth 25 lakh rupees on his head.
The Maoists are launching agitation against the picket line in the village. On December 23, villagers provoked by the Maoists carried out a violent attack on the construction site of the CRPF picket line.
The police officer said that Maoists are active in the region. Prasant Majhi had reportedly come to the village of Pandeydih to intensify the villagers’ agitation against the CRPF picket when he was arrested with AK-47s and five associates.
The mountainous terrain of Jharkhand’s Giridih Parasnath district and its adjoining Topchachi block of Dhanbad district are considered to be havens for Maoist activists.