Three Maoists, part of several anti-cop activities, surrender
Ranchi: Three members of asquad
led by CPI (Maoist) Central Committee MemberAnal Da
alias Patiram Manjhi surrendered before the state police in a function held at the Ranchi deputy inspector general’s office on Monday.
Those who surrendered include area commander Bailoon Sardar, Gaju alias Suraj Sardar and his wife Raimuni alias Geeta. Bailoon is accused in 12 cases, Suraj in nine and Raimuni in seven cases which are registered at different police stations under various acts, including Arms act, Unlawful Activities Prevention act and the Criminal Law Amendment act. They are also accused in cases related to murder.
Anal Da’s squad is active on the junctions of Ranchi, West Singhbhum, Seraikela and Khunti districts and it has indulged in several acts of violence. The squad was responsible for an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion at the BJP office under Kharsawan police station on May 3, 2019 just before the Lok Sabha election.
The group had also targeted the cops in Kharsawan police station with an IED on May 19, 2019 which injured two police officials. It had also triggered an IED explosion on May 28, 2019 under Kuchai police station which injured 15 cops. The squad had murdered five cops under Tiruldih police station on June 14, 2019 and stolen their weapons.
Speaking to media persons, Bailoon said, “Around 45 to 50 persons armed with modern weapons, including self-loading rifle, move with Anal Da now but the influence of the squad has declined in the past few years.”
Asked what prompted him to surrender, Bailoon said, “Besides deviating from its core principles, theMaoists
are recruiting girls now to exploit them. Under such circumstances, when the police approached my family members for mysurrender
I gave it a serious thought. The entire matter was kept under wraps from other squad members.”
Suraj and Raimuni alleged that they were exploited in various ways in the squad, including non-payment of salary.
Describing the surrender as an important milestone, inspector general (Operations) Amol Homkar said it would help in gathering information about other extremists. “Police would also try to get details of the major acts of violence committed by the Anal Da squad,” he added.
He further said, “Police had mounted pressure on the extremists and we confiscated Bailoon’s property. He had sought financial help from his squad but they denied. The extremists were also disenchanted with the Maoists as the latter is solely engaged in extortion.”
Homkar added that Jharkhand police have adopted a multi-pronged approach against the extremists, including massive awareness programmes, for their surrender.