Thursday, December 03, 2009

Body of Maoist ultra recovered from jungles

TNN 4 December 2009, 01:16am IST

VARANASI: Is the dreaded Maoist ultra Ramvriksha Kole dead?

With the recovery of a body in the jungles of Amila near Chakaria police outpost of Kone police station in Sonebhadra district on Thursday, the police were trying to find out an answer to this question. According to SP Sonebhadra Pritindar Singh, during the combing operation, the police succeeded in arresting two Maoist ultras. On their tip-off, the police recovered the body of another Maoist. The arrested terrorists claimed that the dead person was Ramvriksha Kole.

Singh said following the claim, efforts had been intensified to confirm the identity of the deceased. He told TOI over phone that the family members and neighbours of Kole, who hailed from Naugarh (Chandauli), had been called to ascertain the identity. He said the police would reach a conclusion only after completion of the exercise.

Kole had emerged as a major challenge for the police of Maoist-affected districts of the region in the past five-six years. He was not only active in the region as commander but his activities were also noticed in adjoining states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. The police had announced a cash award of Rs 50,000 on him.

It was suspected that Kole and another commander Munna Vishwakarma were present in the jungle of Amila on Wednesday. Following some altercation between the two groups, they indulged in firing. During the exchange of fire, Kole was killed. However, it could not become clear whether the arrested ultras belonged to Kole's group or Vishwakarma's.

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