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Maoist arms expert held, another gives in

Hazaribagh, Dec. 24: A dreaded Maoist was arrested, while another rebel surrendered in Hazaribagh today.

Superintendent of police (SP) Manoj Kaushik said William Hansda (27), an expert in handling all kinds of weapons, was arrested from Chalania forest in Vishnugarh.

According to the SP, rebel Manoj Kisku, on the other hand, had worked with the organisation for only four months in 2008 and then fled to Bokaro.

Sources said Hansda alias Lalji alias Patelji alias Millerji was a resident of Parsatari village in Vishnugarh block. He had joined the party in 2004 and had worked with top Naxalite leaders of Chaibasa like Anmolji and Analji.

Hansda was a member of the team that killed 32 policemen in Baliba, Chaibasa, in 2004. Besides, he had been part of many encounters with the police. Hansda along with a team set ablaze as many as 18 vehicles of a construction company in Goeilkera of Chaibasa in March 2012.

Kaushik added that Hansda had escaped to Aurangabad about five months ago. He was called back with the promise that he would be elevated to the post of an area commander.

“Hansda’s wife Kristina, also a Maoist, was arrested around two years ago from Chaibasa and is in jail now,” Kaushik added.

According to Kaushik, Manoj Kisku, on the other hand, was forced to join the outfit in 2008. But after an encounter with police in Chhatarmandu forest of Vishnugarh, in which four Maoists were killed, the 29-year-old rebel escaped to Bokaro and used to work there as a daily wage labourer.

Kaushik said Kisku would get all the benefits, including Rs 2.5 lakh cash, under the surrender policy of the government.

No headway

Police are groping in the dark even around 48 hours after suspected Maoists abducted seven workers from the construction site of a bridge over river Darhwa at Jasidih in Deoghar district.

Sources said armed rebels had barged into a camp near the construction site and kidnapped the seven workers, who were hired by Jamshedpur-based KK Builders for the bridge constriction, at gunpoint on Sunday night.

“Search operations are still on and we hope to recover all the workers soon,” Dumka DIG Priya Dubey told The Telegraph.

The DIG, who took up the charge of the case from Deogarh SP Prabhat Kumar today, added their Bihar counterparts were also involved in the search being carried out in Jamui and adjoining parts.