Friday, July 31, 2009

Wanted rebel leader caught in levy chase

Ranchi, July 30: A self-styled sub-zonal commander of Jharkhand People’ Liberation Elam (JPLE), a Naxalite outfit, was arrested from a village in the Burmu police station are this morning.

SP (rural) Anand T. Mathew said the police intercepted Sanjay Yadav at Belwari around 7am while he was returning with a levy of Rs 5,000 from a contractor, Batu Mahto. A country-made pistol and cartridges were found on him.

The JPLE is a breakaway faction of the People Liberation Front of India (PLFI). It was constituted seven months ago with 10-12 former PLFI members.

Mathew said Yadav, active in Burmu, Chanho, Mandar, Peeparwar and their adjoining areas, was notorious for collecting levy from colliery contractors. He had also been arrested in connection with a murder case in 2007, but released on bail from Birsa Munda Central Jail a year ago.

“We had been looking for Yadav. He had fire on contractor Batu Mahto on July 26 and on the police at Taranga village in Chanho the next night,” the SP said.

In another breakthrough, the Hazaribagh police arrested one Vijay Pandey from Chouparan for strangulating a Kanke milkman near Kanta Toli Chowk on June 8.

City police superintendent A. Vijayalaxmi said that Pandey and his four aides — Ranjeet Pandey, Anil Sao, Goyal Sao and Mithilesh Pandey — killed Janak Deo Rai after the latter failed to finalise a land deal despite taking Rs 50,000 as advance.

“Pandey committed the crime after Rai neither finalised the land deal nor returned the advance. An FIR was registered in this connection at Lower Bazar police station,” she said.

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