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Rebel arrested

Ranchi, Jan. 15: A Jharkhand Sangharsh Janmukti Morcha (JSJM) rebel Naresh Ganjhu, who was involved in Tuesday’s attack at a Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) colliery in Latehar, was today caught during a raid at Chetar village in Chandwa police station area of the same district.

Two .303 rifles and a countrymade pistol were recovered from him. SP Michael Raj said that these rifles were looted from the police in the past.

He further informed that Ganjhu was part of the group that had wreaked havoc at CCL’s Tetariakhand colliery in the small hours of Tuesday.

Over a dozen rebels armed with a carbine, rifles and sticks had manhandled the colliery employees and torched a Haulpak, an off-highway mining truck, parked on the workshop premises.

“The rebels were apparently peeved with the colliery management over not meeting their demands for levy. They warned the employees to stall all work and seek their permission before re-starting it,” Raj said.

Few weeks back, Ganjhu and his squad had asked the colliery employees to talk to their management and convey them that the rebel organisation wanted its due share in mining, local sale and transportation.

The management ignored their demands, which ignited the rebel fury. However, the police swung into action after the colliery employees were attacked and managed to nab Ganjhu.

“The arrested person is being interrogated. Raids are on to nab other culprits. Positive outcomes are expected soon,” the Latehar SP added.


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