Tribals protest against Maoists in Ranchi`s Tamar block

Tamar block of Ranchi district has seen a series of attacks by Naxalites.

Updated: Jun 26, 2010, 12:35 PM IST

Ranchi: Raising slogans against the Maoists and threatening to chase them away, hundreds of tribals held a demonstration in Tamar block of Jharkhand`s Ranchi district on Thursday.

Tamar block has seen a series of attacks by Naxalites including the kidnapping and beheading of Special Branch Inspector Francis Induwar.

Among the protesters was 75-year-old Narayan Pahan, the father of Kundan Pahan, one of Jharkhand`s most-wanted Maoists.

Tamar is Kundan`s birthplace.

Kundan, who is known as the Veerappan of Jharkhand and is active in the bordering areas of Ranchi, Khuti and Jamshedpur is also accused of killing former minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Ramesh Singh Munda in 2008.

The police claimed he is also involved in looting Rs 50 million and gold ingots from the delivery van of a private bank in June last year.

With the Maoist writ running in the area, government officials do not visit remote villages here despite security forces being stationed in strength.