Hardcore Maoist held in Hazaribagh village



Hazaribagh: A hardcore Maoist, suspected to be involved in forcing rural youth in the area to join armed struggle, has been arrested and two firearms recovered by security forces in Bishnugarh area of Hazaribagh district.

Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj said a joint force of CRPF and Jharkhand police arrested Pati Ram Manjhi (40), a key associate of self-styled Maoist zonal commander Navin Manjhi last night.

The arrested person, associated with the outfit for the last 10 years, used to motivate the rural youth to join the group and involved in imparting guerilla training to them, Kamboj said. He has at least 30 criminal cases pending, the SP said.

The accused was believed to have taken the recruited youth to Damodar and Konar riverside on borders of Giridih, Bokaro and Hazaribagh districts for plotting encounter with the police in past.

Besides two countrymade guns and Maoist literature, a diary was found in his possession containing diagram to planting Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Kamboj said.

PTI