SP Anjani Kumar Jha (second from left) with the four arrested men in Chatra on Thursday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar)
Ranchi, May 26: A Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) zonal commander, a former Maoist-turned-criminal and two arms suppliers were arrested from different parts of Chatra district in the wee hours today.
Rs 10 lakh in cash, three country-made pistols, 30 live cartridges, 10 mobile phones and a motorcycle were recovered from them.
Police first rounded up TPC leader Yogendra Yadav and Anup Yadav, who was earlier associated with the CPI(Maoist) and PLFI, from Hunterganj, some 40km Chatra district headquarters.
Yogendra had come to hand over Rs 10 lakh to Anup, who, poising as a senior police officer, had struck a deal with the TPC to strike out the name of its area commander Mukesh Ganjhu from the murder case of a local journalist.
Mukesh has been named accused TV journalist, Indradeo Yadav, who was gunned down on May 12 allegedly after he refused to give Rs 7 lakh to the TPC.
Three persons Suraj Ganjhu, Jhaman Sao and Birbal Sao have been arrested so far on the basis of circumstantial evidence in the murder case. But, police are yet to establish their link with the TPC.
But fearing arrest, Mukesh had been looking for a suitable person who could strike a deal with the police to remove his name from the FIR.
"Anup Yadav posed as a senior police officer and sent word to Mukesh Ganjhu, claiming that he would help him get his name removed from the murder case. As per the deal, Mukesh sent Rs 10 lakh with his right-hand man Yogendra for Anup. Both Anup and Yogendra had criminal antecedents and we had been keeping tabs on their conversations and mobile locations. The duo were nabbed when they met in Hunterganj," Chatra SP Anjani Kumar Jha told The Telegraph over phone.
During interrogations, Yogendra and Anup revealed the name of Prabhu Mistri, who used to supply them firearms. Subsequently, Prabhu was picked up from Hunterganj. He then disclosed the whereabouts of his partner in crime Amarjit Yadav, who was later arrested from the sadar area.
In another breakthrough, police arrested CPI(Maoist) rebel from Balumath area in Latehar today.
Two IEDs, codex wires, Maoist letterheads and literatures, among others, were found on Bhola Yadav, a native of Dori village in Herhanj area of the district.
In Gumla district, three PLFI rebels, who had demanded Rs 1 lakh from a school headmaster, were arrested from Palkot area late last evening.
Acting on the complaint lodged by the headmaster on May 24, police had laid a trap to nab the rebels, identified as Bhola Gope, Suraj Gope and Jitvahan Singh. The mobile phone, used for issuing extortion threat, was also recovered from them.
"The headmaster had invited them to nearby Semra forests to deliver the money. We rounded up the rebels smoothly," said Palkot OCNitya Nand Mahto.
7 PLFI men held
Seven PLFI rebels were arrested along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Malti village in Mandar, some 40km from capital Ranchi, last night.
At a news meet today, SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi said PLFI's Mandar-Burmu area commander Birendra Baitha and members Surendra Bhagat, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Gope, Prakash Kumar, Meghnath Yadav and Tinku Lohra were held following a tip-off. All are in the age group of 25-35 years.
Five country-made pistols, six live cartridges, two bhojali, one katta, one sword, eight mobile phones and a motorbike were recovered from them.