Monday, December 14, 2009

Police foil Maoist bid to kill AJSU nominee

TNN 13 December 2009, 09:45pm

Kuldip Ganjhu

HAZARIBAG: Police foiled Maoists' bid to assassinate AJSU nominee Kuldip Ganjhu, who is contesting the Assembly elections from the Simaria

constituency in Chatra district, which is scheduled to go for polls in the fifth phase on December 18.

Acting on a specific information, a police team took Ganjhu in custody at Pathalgada where he had gone to address an election meeting on Saturday along with Roshan Lal Choudhury, the brother of former state minister Chandra Prakash Choudhury.

According to an official report received here on Sunday, the police picked up Ganjhu from Pathalgada under the Simaria constituency and took him to an undisclosed destination to save his life. The police claimed that Maoists had deployed two sharpshooters to eliminate Ganjhu, a former sub-zonal commander of the erstwhile MCC, which is now known as the CPI(Maoist). They added that Ganjhu's decision to contest the Assembly election had angered Maoists, who tried their best to keep him off the polls.

Despite all odds, Ganjhu decided to contest the election to prove that violence and bullets cannot solve the burning problems of people. The then Hazaribag SP, Anurag Gupta, had arrested Ganjhu from his native village in 2003. The police had also recovered a huge sum of money and arms from his possession. Ganjhu was released from jail on bail about nine months ago. After coming out of jail, he cleared the board examination and took pledge to reform himself by keeping off the rebels.

Police said that Ganjhu was later dropped at his residence in Simaria village, where has also been provided with police security.

Meanwhile, the Chatra police and the CRPF have launched a manhunt to arrest the two sharpshooters. Security measures have been tightened in the area even as the police failed to make any headway in the case.

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