Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Doctor supplied arms to Maoists

Hazaribagh, June 22: The doctor and the lab technician, who were arrested from Bokaro and Hazaribagh yesterday, used to supply arms to Maoists and had links with Naveen Manjhi, sub-zonal commander of the Naxalites, Hazaribagh police confirmed today.

Ratan Lal Manjhi, who holds an MBBS degree in alternate medicines and is a partner at a nursing home at co-operative colony, Bokaro, also used to treat Naxalites at the hospital and other secret locations. The lab technician, Sanoj Kumar, used to work at his nursing home.

Superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Kamboj said that Manjhi had taken Rs 3 lakh as advance from Naveen — who had led the attack on policemen in Bermo last week — for supplying 5,000 live cartridges. The police have recovered Rs 2.63 lakh and three cartridges given by Naveen as samples.

According to Kamboj, they had first received a tip-off about Kumar. “We had information that Kumar had connections with Maoists. We came to know that he would be in Hazaribagh to take a bus to Dehri-On-Son in Bihar yesterday and accordingly laid a trap,” the SP said.

“Kumar’s revelation startled us as he named a doctor, who took him to Uparghat in Bokaro to meet Naveen. He further revealed that Naveen had asked them to supply 5,000 cartridges. The rebel leader also paid Kumar Rs 1 lakh when he agreed to fetch the consignment through his connections in Dehri,” Kamboj said.

After learning about the involvement of the doctor, the SP sent a police team to round up Ratan Lal from Bokaro. “The doctor revealed that he was treating a woman Maoist leader, Kunti Devi alias Dula, who was the district secretary of Nari Mukti Morcha, Giridih wing. We have arrested her too. We also raided Kumar’s residence and recovered Rs 1,63,500.”

Dula was sent to the doctor by Naveen a few days ago. She also brought Rs 2 lakh for the cartridges.

Ratan Lal claimed he was threatened into treating rebels by Naveen. “I have treated six Maoists only,” he apparently said. The SP said there were two other partners of the nursing home. But they weren’t involved in arms smuggling.

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