Ranchi: Five members of the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TSPC) were held on Friday for pasting Maoistposters
at different locations of Ranchi district, including opposite Raj Bhawan near Ratu Road Chowk.
On December 15, locals at Ratu Road woke up to the TSPC posters which batted for action against contractors and officials of the Central Coalfields Limited who allegedly threaten displaced people and mistreat them. Slogans against the state government were also found in some of the posters. It added that coal officials should ensure development of every displaced person or else people would chase them away.
The TSPC also urged the people to speak up against exploitation, suppression , murder and rape and unite for securing their rights and jal, jungle and zameen.
The incident created quite a flutter when cops came and took the posters off and started an investigation. A case was registered at Sukhdeonagar police station.
During the investigation, the police team led by SP (city) Saurav found posters were also pasted in Budmu, Khelari, Mandar, New Market, Gonda, Pithoria, and Pandra areas apart from Ratu around the same time.
The arrested persons were identified as Sunil Oraon, Kalicharan Munda, Devanand Munda, Roshan Munda and Rahul Munda. After interrogating the rebels, police found a bunch ofMaoist
posters from Pithoria police station area. A Bolero car and a motorcycle were also seized from their possession.
Sunil was earlier an active member of the Tritya Prastuti Committee while Kalicharan had served a year in jail for his involvement in a murder.
Ranchi SSP Surindra Jha said, “The motive behind pasting posters was to create panic among citizens and to also make people feel their presence. The five were arrested from different parts of Ranchi and surrounding areas. The accused had received money from the TSPC for pasting the posters.”