Ranchi, July 8: The state has stepped up heat on PLFI with an ultimate objective to wipe it out from Jharkhand after the Naxalite splinter group challenged the administration by ordering 400 schools to shut down in rural Khunti.
Determined to teach a lesson to the rebels once and for all, the state has directed its public relations department to put photographers and details of all PLFI members and their sympathisers in public domain with cash rewards.
A joint order, “Action plan against PLFI”, issued by officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty and DGP Rajeev Kumar on July 5, has assigned special tasks to deputy commissioners and police of the affected districts for eliminating the banned outfit.
“A massive inter-district operation is to go on for 20 days and then a period of recuperation followed by another round of offensive against PLFI till they get wiped out,” read the note that was made available to the media today.
Khunti, Simdega, Gumla, West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Ranchi have been asked to intensify joint operations against the PLFI while police have been told to arrest all suspected members directly or indirectly linked with the banned outfit.
The action plan has promised out-of-term promotions and gallantry awards for getting PLFI head Dinesh Gope dead or alive. “Any police officer who does so will be decorated with gallantry award, promotion and other perks,” the note said.
The letter also asks the deputy commissioners to identify suitable land in coordination with police to set up police pickets at strategic areas that have PLFI presence.
Directives have been issued to revenue and income tax (I-T) officials to initiate a probe of all movable and immovable assets of PLFI cadres, their supporters and sympathisers identified by police.
“There are reports that the group has acquired land under the guise of schools and charitable institutions from levy money and extortion, which needs inquiry and action. The assets so identified can be confiscated by the state under relevant provisions of law if there is no clear justification of source of acquisition of assets. For this, a special team will be formed, including one DSP, circle officer of respective revenue jurisdiction and one I-T officer, which will report to SP on weekly basis,” the order says.
According to police records, PLFI doesn’t have more than 60 active cadres in and around Khunti and mainly runs on the support of local residents fearing them.
After The Telegraph reported last Thursday that the PLFI had ordered 400 primary and middle schools of Khunti to shut down as it didn’t want CRPF camps on campuses, Chakraborty and other state officers rushed to Khunti.
By Friday, a massive operation was launched. On Saturday, PLFI area commander Shanker Gope (22), wanted in numerous cases, was rounded up from Balo forests.