Rebels target road project

Suspected rebels belonging to Jharkhand Sangharsh Jan Mukti Morcha attacked a road construction site in Bharno, Gumla, last night, damaging two earthmovers, two mixers and a pick-up van.

By Our Special Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 12.01.17
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The damaged construction vehicles in Bharno area of Gumla district on Wednesday. Telegraph picture

Ranchi, Jan. 11: Suspected rebels belonging to Jharkhand Sangharsh Jan Mukti Morcha attacked a road construction site in Bharno, Gumla, last night, damaging two earthmovers, two mixers and a pick-up van.

The incident occurred barely 24 hours after PLFI men torched heavy machinery in adjoining Khunti.

The rebels also manhandled some guards and drivers of the construction vehicles and stole their mobile phones and cash. They left behind hand bills, which bore the name of one Ajay Singh, asking the contractor to talk to their outfit before resuming construction work.

Project manager Sandip Kumar today lodged an FIR at Bharno police station, claiming that his company suffered losses to the tune of Rs 10 lakh.

Bharno OC Dharmpal Kumar, however, claimed . It will be too early to jump to conclusions<>," he added.

On Monday night, suspected PLFI rebels had torched heavy machines engaged in laying Indian Oil Corporation's Paradeep-Ranchi-Raipur underground pipeline in Khunti district. Police are yet to make any breakthrough.

Extremists arrested

Five rebels from different extremist outfits were arrested along with arms and ammunition from Palamau and Garhwa districts today.

Two Maoists, Umesh Paswan and Shyamdeo Singh Kharwar, and TPC-II member Satyendra Singh were arrested from different parts of Palamau district while two TPC supporters, Shiv Kumar Korba and Mukhdeo Choudhary, were nabbed from Ramkanda area in Garhwa.

The Palamau rebels were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court. They were sent to Palamau Central Jail.

Palamau SP Indrajeet Mahatha said they were tipped off that Paswan, a native of Amrahi village in Hussainabad, had come home.

"We laid a trap to catch him. The Maoist was caught by a police patrol team with a countrymade pistol, cartridges and a mobile phone today. He was involved in torching of road construction machines in Hussainabad in October 2016," said the SP.

Maoist Kharwar, involved in firing on a police team in Palamau in 2001 besides several incidents of violence in Gaya district of Bihar, was caught in Manatu area.

TPC-II rebel Singh was nabbed in Ramgarh with a countrymade gun, cartridges and a mobile phone.

Garhwa SP Alok said five sets of camouflaged uniforms, mobile phones, TPC pamphlets and a motorcycle were found on Korba and Choudhary.