Soren denies links with Maoist leaders

October 28th, 2008 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Oct 28 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren Tuesday denied any links with Maoists, after an arrested guerrilla claimed that his organisation had the patronage of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader. Lorense Mundri alias Carlos, zonal commander of the Jharkhand Liberation Tiger (JLT), now known as People Liberation Front of India (PLFI), was arrested from Khuti district Sunday night.

Director General of Police V.D. Ram produced Carlos before the media Monday and the rebel leader said: “JLT chief Dinesh Gope claims that the organisation has the patronage of Shibu Soren.”

Reacting to the allegation, Soren told reporters: “I have no connection with anyone. I do not know such people. It seems Carlos has lost his balance after his arrest.”

Carlos faces 29 criminal charges including those of murder and abduction.

PLFI, the second largest Maoist group in Jharkhand, is active in eight districts. It was formed by a group of disgruntled activists of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

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