Ranchi, June 9: A joint team of Ranchi and Khunti police on Saturday morning nabbed PLFI zonal commander Laka Pahan (30) and four of his associates from Aradih forest area, around 10km from the Khunti district headquarters.
A sten gun, two 9MM pistols, three .315 rifles, several rounds of cartridges, six mobile phones, 10 SIM cards and Rs 7,500 in cash were recovered from their possession.
The police later identified Laka’s aides as Khunti residents Tuti, Chhathu Munda, Pattu Nag and Lor Singh Lohra.
Zonal IG of Ranchi M.S. Bhatia confirmed the arrests and claimed that the accused had over 18 cases of murder, dacoity, loot and extortion registered against them at various police stations of Khunti and Ranchi.
“The arrests are a huge setback for the rebels in the area,” Bhatia said.
Khunti superintendent of police M. Tamil Vanan, who led the operation, told The Telegraph that the police teams scouting the area for rebel movements yesterday received a tip-off about the presence of some PLFI men in the area.
“We had received intelligence reports about the presence of six PLFI men and a girl at Siladon forest, around 6km from the arrest spot, yesterday. We reached the spot and after a brief encounter had managed to nab one Shiv Gujjar, while the others managed to flee. Today, we received fresh inputs confirmed the presence of the rebels at Aradih and conducted a second raid, during which five rebels were picked up,” Vanan said.
The girl, however, again managed to give the slip to the police .
Vanan added that a manhunt had been launched to locate and arrest the girl.