Ranchi, Nov. 11: Four members of People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were arrested last night in Burmu police station area on the outskirts of the state capital.
Police also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from their possession.
Senior superintendent of police Saket Kumar Singh produced the arrested extremists and the arms and ammunition at a press conference at his office this afternoon.
The arrested rebels were Mohar Ram alias Machhar, Maonj Mahto alias Prem, Harish Chandra Pahad and Kaleshwar Pahan.
Police seized a .303 regular rifle, three 7.62 countrymade rifles, a countrymade katta (pistol), a countrymade 7.62 pistol, 56 rounds of .303 cartridges, 49 rounds of 7.62 cartridges and four 315 cartridges.
“They were arrested last night from their residences. While Manoj and Kaleshwar were arrested from Kedli, Harish was rounded up from Akhtan in Burmu police station area and Machhar was nabbed from Mahavir Nagar in Khelari police station area,” he Singh.
Sources said that those arrested were active members of Baleshwar Yadav’s squad and were assigned the task of spreading the influence of PLFI. With a breakaway faction of CPI(Maoist), Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), posing a tough challenge to PLFI, these members had been asked to eliminate some of the leaders of the rival group.
PLFI is also a splinter group of CPI(Maoist). It follows in the footsteps of Maoists in collecting levy. The outfit, led by Dinesh Gope, exercises its clout in various pockets of Lohardaga, Gumla, Simdega and Khunti besides Ranchi.