RANCHI: Jharkhand police
have eliminated four top Left-wing extremists and arrested 221 in the operations against them since the beginning of the year.
The police said 71 members of CPI (Maoists
), 86 of People Liberation Front
of India (PLFI) and 46 of Tritya Prastuti Committee (TPC) were arrested between January and July 20, 2021.
Among the four extremists eliminated this year are CPI (Maoist) regional committee member Budhheshwar Oraon and PLFI zonal commander Sanichar Surin. Oraon and Surin were killed in separate operations carried out in Gumla and Chaibasa districts respectively in July. The police claimed that the operation, which led to Oroan’s elimination, was conducted in thickly forested area where extremists had planted thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the assault team had to conduct the search under difficult situations.
During the encounters, the police recovered 19 looted weapons apart from seizing four regular weapons, 96 country-made weapons and 5,802 cartridges. Over 200 IEDs, 179.5 kg of explosives and 95 detonators were also recovered.
Eleven extremists, including five from CPI (Maoists) and four from TPC surrendered before the police. Among them were CPI (Maoist) zonal commander Jeevan Kandulan, TPC regional committee member Mukesh Ganjhu and a PLFI area commander.
Director-general of police Neeraj Sinha had recently said though encounters do take place during anti-extremist operations, the police would prefer that the extremists surrender under the state government’s policies and join the mainstream.
Speaking on the issue, inspector-general (operations) Amol Homkar said, “Apart from carrying out continuous operations we are trying to make the extremists surrender. We are also asking their family members to urge them lay down their arms. Where necessary the police are also attaching property of the ultras. Community policing is also being done to win the confidence of the masses.”