A bomb recovered in Barhi, Hazaribagh, on Sunday.
Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Hazaribagh, March 9: The PLFI, a splinter group of CPI(Maoist), hired killers from Bihar for a promised sum of Rs 6 lakh to “finish off” Ajsu leader Tileshwar Sahu, police have conclusively established even as political bigwigs ranging from chief minister Hemant Soren and JVM chief Babulal Marandi are clamouring for a CBI probe into the murder.
Suraj Kumar Prasad (26), the youth who coolly pumped a bullet into Sahu’s chest yesterday at 2.05pm, was only doing his job. His colleague, another sharpshooter who shot the second bullet that missed target and hit a wall, may not have been as efficient as Suraj, but was luckier as he managed to zoom off with the third of the trio, who was waiting on a bike.
Suraj, caught by the mob and brought to Barhi thana, is now at Sadar police station and being grilled by DIG P.R. Ravidas, SP Manoj Kaushik and subdivisional police officer Avinash Kumar.
According to Suraj, the three, hired by self-styled PLFI chief Dinesh Gope, had rented a home for 10 days to track Sahu’s movements and bodyguards. They quickly realised the International Women’s Day function at Barhi would be ideal for the crime as the leader would mingle with the crowds.
Suraj, who went by aliases Manish, Nitish and Rajesh, has not yet divulged the names of his accomplices. But, he did let out they were yet to get an advance supari from the PLFI.
His confession also led the police to raid the rented house in Barhi today. Police recovered five time-bombs, four country-made revolvers and cartridges.
Flamboyant Sahu, a man who was either hated or loved, had been carrying on an offensive against the PLFI since the past seven-eight years and knew he was a marked man.
The banned outfit, which earlier tried to murder him, succeeded in killing his father Gajendra and his brother-in-law, both in Simdega in 2010.
Sahu shifted to the “safer” Barhi after the murders.
Earlier today, speculation was rife that the trio stayed at a home owned by a local BJP leader Amit Kumar Jaiswal. However, SP Kaushik categorically denied it. “Jaiswal has no BJP connection. He is cooperating with us fully,” he said.