Monday, July 06, 2009

Maoists at the receiving end of cops in Garhwa: SP

6 Jul 2009, 0627 hrs IST, Q A Hadi, TNN

GARHWA: Garhwa police have claimed to achieved major success in combating Maoist menace and crime during the last year-and-a-half.

Stating this at a press conference here on Sunday, Garhwa SP Saket Kumar Singh said police have also had success in prosecuting many hardcore Maoists in the district.

Citing examples, Singh said hardcore Maoist Prithvi Dusadh alias Sumanji was awarded life imprisonment in murder case, while Surendra Bhuiyan and Govind Banjari were awarded four-year imprisonment in connection with a police-Maoist encounter.

Similarly, the SP said, Chandrika Paswan who was booked under the Arms Act was awarded four years imprisonment. This besides, the SP said eight accused were awarded life imprisonment in a murder case, while two others __ Dharmendra Singh and Vishnu Yadav __ were each sentenced to two-year imprisonment respectively in separate cases of loot and attempted murder.

Singh said police achieved major success against the Red rebels, particularly, in north Garhwa area. "As a result, there is no any Naxal squad in the area except local committees," he said adding that there are currently only four Maioist squads operating in the entire district under the command of Basant Yadav, Keshwar, Praveen Khes alias Vinay and Suraj Yadav.

Enumerating the achievements of Garhwa police during the last one-and-a- half- years, Singh said Garhwa police arrested three Moaist "zonal commanders", four "sub-zonal commanders" and a BJSAC member.

This apart, five "area commanders" and 81 CPI(Maoist) members were arrested during the period. While 14 hardcore CPI(Maoist) have been gunned down by police in different encounters including 8 at Makhatu village, 3 at Harta-Banalat, 2 at Bahahara and one in Bhandaria.

The police have also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition during the period which included seven .315 rifles, seven country-made 12 bore guns, three .303 rifles, five pitols, one AK-56 rifle, one carbine and one SLR and over 3000 cartridges. Besides, police recovered five grenades, four can bombs, 19 detonators and 250 kg explosive from the Maoists, besides Rs 12,68,040 levy money collected from contractors and other businessmen.

The district police also busted 6 mini gun factories during the period, the SP said.

"The actions of Garhwa police led to a significant reduction in Maoist activities and other crimes in the district during the past one-and-a-half years," the SP said.

Singh said police also achieved considerable success in regaining people's faith by reaching out to all sections of society and helping the needy and helpless poor through community policing.

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