Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cops bust deserted base camp of Maoists

TNN 14 November 2009, 08:48pm IST

RANCHI: Police on Saturday busted a base camp of Maoists at Sarjamurmu jungle located on the borders of Angara and Namkum police stations of the
district. The Maoists had, however, deserted the camp two days ago.

The police recovered some camouflaged fatigues, medicine packets, Maoist literature, books on jungle warfare tactics and a few maps from the camp located on a hillock about 40 metres in height.

On Friday evening, the police had arrested two hard-core women Maoists and a sympathizer, who supplied provisions to the rebels at their base camp. The supplier, Goverdhan Munda, was coming from the base camp along with the two women cadres Sulochana Munda and Sangeeta Munda when they were arrested by the police. The threesome, who were on their way to Angara, told the police that about 80 Maoists stayed at the base camp.
Ranchi SSP Praveen Kumar said that Sulochana Munda, a hard-core Maoist, is the wife of Sanjay Pramanik alias Doctorji, the third-in-command of Platoon-39 of the CPI(Maoist). On the basis of revelations made by the arrested persons, the police raided the base camp on Saturday," he added.

The SSP said that Pramanik, who led a local guerrilla squad, a sub-group of Platoon-39, was wanted in connection with several high-profile cases executed by the CPI(Maoist) in the past couple of years.

"Pramanik earned the sobriquet of Doctorji since he was a para-medical staff and had been running a clinic at Bundu for the past two-and-a-half year. Later, he became an active member of the guerrilla squad," Kumar said.

The SSP said that the arrested women cadres have given vital information to the police about the whereabouts of the members of the guerrilla squad. "We hope to make more arrests soon," he added.

To a query regarding the whereabouts of guerrilla squad leader Kundan Pahan, Kumar said that he (Pahan) managed to escape under the cover of darkness following a fierce encounter with the police at Angara on October 25.

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