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Cops to seek rebel remand

Jamshedpur, Dec. 25: West Singhbhum police will take arrested Maoist Williams Hansda into remand in connection with the infamous Baliba massacre in Saranda in April 2004.

The decision was taken today, a day after Hansda was nabbed from Chalania forests in Vishnugarh block of Hazaribagh.

At present, he is lodged in Hazaribagh jail.

West Singhbhum superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Kamboj said they would procure a production warrant against Hansda from Chaibasa court. The document will be presented to Hazaribagh jail authorities for a transit remand. Once the transit remand is issued, West Singhbhum police will send a team to Hazaribagh to bring the arrested rebel. Hansda will be kept in Chaibasa Divisional Jail.

As many as 32 policemen, including Central Reserve Police Force jawans, were killed in an ambush at Baliba village on April 7, 2004, when the men in uniform had moved into the Maoist zone.

“Hansda’s name had figured after the 2004 massacre at Baliba. Hansda is also accused of murdering five policemen in separate incidents in Saranda. As he is a frontline Maoist and had actively participated in the Baliba massacre, he will be able to give us more information about who else was involved,” said Kamboj.

According to the SP, the arrested rebel was also wanted by Odisha police. Kamboj is hopeful that Hansda would reveal details of dreaded Naxalite leaders like Kundan Pahan and Prasadji.

Hansda’s wife Kristina, also a rebel, is lodged at Chaibasa Divisional Jail for the past four years.