Aadhaar spills 'rebel' name

A suspected CPI(Maoist) rebel who was killed during a gun battle with the police in Pakur district's Amrapara police station area yesterday has been identified as Kunal Murmu (26) through his Aadhaar card.

By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Ranchi
  • Published 15.10.17
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Ranchi, Oct. 14: A suspected CPI(Maoist) rebel who was killed during a gun battle with the police in Pakur district's Amrapara police station area yesterday has been identified as Kunal Murmu (26) through his Aadhaar card.

Talking to The Telegraph on Saturday, Pakur SP Shailendra Prasad Barnwal said on October 4, some criminals had threatened to kill two contractors if they did not pay up Rs 80 lakh as levy.

The contractors, Babban Singh and Ajay Kumar Jha, were engaged in constructing a school building, hostel and residential quarters at Kumar Bhanja village in Littipara police station area of the district.

Following the threat, the contractors abandoned work and lodged an FIR on October 12. The SP immediately formed a quick response team and asked the contractors to follow the instructions of the rebels and handover the money.

Yesterday, when the rebels got in touch with the contractors and informed them about where the money was to be dropped, the police gheraoed the spot.

The contractors consequently stuffed Rs 1 lakh in a bag and dropped it from a bridge over Basloi rivulet in Amrapara police station area - along Paharpur-Dumka road.

Soon, five persons arrived on two motorcycles and began searching the bag. They were also carrying firearms.

The police surrounded them and asked them to surrender. But, they opened fire and police retaliated.

"One of them was shot at while the rest escaped. After some time, when firing stopped, we found that the suspected rebel who was injured had already died. When we frisked him, we found a mobile phone, Aadhaar card, SBI ATM card and cartridges. We also recovered the cash-stuffed bag and seized a motorcycle. We are trying to find out if he was a Maoist or only tried to extort money in the name of Maoists," Barnwal said.