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2 more in net for Balihar killing

Ranchi, May 5: Dumka police today arrested two more Maoists for their alleged role in the murder of Pakur superintendent of police Amarjit Balihar near Kathikund thana of the same block on July 2, 2013.

Both the men arrested share a common name — Emanuel Murmu. But the two Emanuels belong to different villages — Chaudhar and Gandhichak — in Kathikund police station area.

Though no weapon was recovered from the duo, in the course of police interrogation they apparently admitted they had full knowledge of the plan to lay a landmine ambush on Balihar’s convoy.

They also gave logistics support to armed Maoist guerrillas camping in the area.

The duo have joined Vakil Hembrom, Satan Besra and Sanatan Bakshi alias Tala da — already arrested in the Balihar case — at Dumka Central Jail.

“Both the Emanuels are hardcore Maoist supporters and had also allowed rebel meetings to be held at their homes,” Dumka superintendent of police N.K. Mishra, who is facing flak from the highest quarters for security bungling in the April 24 Maoist attack on a polling team in Shikaripara block that left eight dead, said.

Before Shikaripara, Balihar’s murder was the last big Maoist attack in Dumka district.

Besides Balihar, known for his hardline stance against the rebels, five more constables had lost their lives in the landmine blast-cum-bullet attack on the SP’s convoy.

The convoy was attacked while on its way back to Pakur after Balihar participated in a security meeting with his immediate boss, Dumka DIG Priya Dubey, showing that the Maoists had prior knowledge of the itinerary and route of the police team.