Police arrest five Maoists in Ranchi

October 29th, 2008 - 10:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Ranchi, Oct 29 (ANI): The police has arrested five people allegedly owing allegiance to a Maoist outfit, People’’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), in Ranchi on Tuesday.

The accused have been charged of trying to get a foothold in the city and establishing a base for their outfit in the city.

The accused have been involved in unlawful activities like extortion, murder, and putting up posters with threat messages across the city, according to the police.

The arrested include, the city area commander of PLFI and his four associates. The police also seized a large numbers of mobile phones and a country made revolver from them.

“We have arrested five members of PLFI including their city area commander Rama. Besides, Mahesh, Dheera, Haria, and Naru have also been arrested,” said M.S. Bhatia, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ranchi.

The outfit had been reportedly active in the city for the past six months.

Police said that such arrests would prevent others from joining the Maoist ranks.

“Such arrests have a good impact, as it prevents other people from venturing into such activities. The arrest marks the end of a case and then a new chapter opens up, we work on that case,” said Bhatia.

The PLFI, earlier known as Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), has a strong presence in the rural areas of Jharkhand and is also trying to gain a foothold in Chhattisgarh. (ANI)

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