Five members of an ultra-Left outfit, known for being far less rigid in its operational code than the CPI(Maoist), were apprehended from the outskirts of the state capital, the police revealed on Monday.
Those arrested, aged around 20-24, from various parts of Angara belonged to People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI).
They were identified as Chait Mohan Patar Munda, Mahavir Munda, Prakash Kumar, and two ex-CPI(Maoist) cadres Sanjay Patar Munda and Dilip Bedia.
“Unlike the Maoists, PLFI is not so much into party discipline. Here, cadres are free to dress like civilians, use mobile phones and even have girlfriends. May be that’s why the CPI(Maoist) is losing cadres to the PLFI,” said senior superintendent of police Prabhat Kumar.
The SSP presented to the media all five PLFI members who were arrested from their place of residence at Kuriyamdih village under Sonahatu police station and Dahua village of Angara police station.
Their faces were masked with black cloth. Two country-made pistols, four rounds of ammunition, one motorbike and four mobile phones were recovered from them.
Kumar said the police were able to nab them with help from CRPF and Seema Surksha Bal.
The police were tracking them since February 22 after they tried to extort money from a road contractor by producing a letter purportedly written by PLFI sub-zonal commander Prashant Jee.
Instead of handing over levy, the contractor knocked on the door of the police.
“We registered an FIR on February 27 and then constituted a team comprising officers from Silli and Angara, besides central para-military forces engaged in anti-Naxalite operations. The team made the breakthrough Sunday afternoon,” said Kumar.
All five were involved in case of robbery, murder and had been assigned the task of strengthening the PLFI’s presence in the Angara area by senior PLFI cadre Jidan Gudiya.