PATNA: Money lender Rajendra Yadav (70) allegedly escaped from the clutches of Maoists while Bhalui panchayat mukhiya Ganesh Rajak (46) was set free by them. The two were kidnapped from village Mananpur Basti under Chanan police station in Lakhisarai district along with one Ravindra Rajak on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.
Chanan police station SHO Vaibhav Kumar said Ganesh returned home on Thursday night after the Maoists set him free in the Kudra forests. Ganesh’s nephew Ravindra was set free after a few hours of their kidnapping.
“We are yet to record Ganesh’s statement,” the SHO said. He said the family members of Ganesh and Rajendra denied paying any ransom to the Maoists for setting them free. “Police also don’t have any information about any ransom payment,” he said while denying reports of more than Rs20 lakh paid to the Maoists.
“Rajendra was yet to reach home. But we have information that he escaped. Let him return to the village,” the SHO said.
He said the group involved in the kidnapping is led by wanted Maoist commander Arjun Korha.
Lakhisarai Sadar SDPO Ranjan Kumar said four regular and one CoBRA commando team of CRPF, along with four additional Special Task Force (STF) teams of state police were involved in the combing operation in the hilly jungles.
Gun factory busted, three held: A team of Special Task Force (STF) busted a gun factory at Jamalnagar under Salkhua police station in Saharsa district on Friday. STF sources said two regular rifles, three countrymade pistols, 13 live cartridges, one large lathe machine, one grinder machine, mining machine, two drill machines, one SUV, four cellphones and a large number of partially manufactured firearms and other things were recovered from the spot. STF sources said Soman Kumar and Pintu Kumar of Jamalnagar and Nand Kishore Bhagat of Kasimpur Tolwapar under Salkhua police station area were arrested