Gumla (Jharkhand): Five activists, including
a self-styled zonal commander of the Tritiya Prastuti
Committee (TPC), have been arrested during raids in Gumla`s
Mandaria Toli village, police said here on Monday.
The raids were launched last night after getting a
tip-off that these five rebels were meeting in the village,
Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh told newsmen.
The police caught Viswanath Ganju alias Visleshanji,
the TPC`s self-styled zonal commander, Johnson Ekka, Sanjay
Minz and Abas Ekka during the operation, he said and added
two rifles, a country-made pistol, four bullets, two handsets,
TPC letter-heads and a diary were seized from them.
The TPC is a breakaway group of the CPI (Maoist) and
is engaged in a turf war with the Maoists in the area for the
last couple of years. The Gumla SP said Visleshenji was facing ten cases in Latehar`s Balumath police station.
In a separate incident in Palamau district`s Baraun
village, the ultras of Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC),
another breakaway group of the CPI (Maoist) today set fire to
a crusher machine of a private contractor.
According to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Braj
Mohan Paswan, about twenty JPC activists poured petrol on the
machine and set it on fire after the owner, Santosh Singh,
refused to pay alleged ransom of Rs ten lakh.