A CPI (Maoist) squad led by area commander Kanhu Ram Munda has lured away three girls aged between 17 to 19 years from Jiyan and Maheshpur villages under Maoist infested Gurabandha police station in Jharkhand’s East Singhbhum district.
A joint team of state police and central reserve police force (CRPF) has been carrying out intensive operation to bring back the girls from Maoist squad, believed to be camping somewhere up on the Pawra and Dangra hills in Gurabandha, 100 km from Jamshedpur.
“We’d gone to Jiyan and Maheshpur on Tuesday and so far it has been confirmed that one girl had been misled and taken to jungles by the Maoists,” RK Dhan, Kolhan deputy inspector general (DIG) told HT on Wednesday evening.
Jamshedpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Anup T Matthew told HT that these girls have been misled to join the squad and as per their information several women cadres were now moving with the Kanhu Munda squad. “Ironically, Maoists are arranging for better education and careers for their own children while exploiting other village boys and girls by making them join the squad,” said Matthew.
Sanjay Singh, commandant of CRPF’s 193 stationed in Mosaboni, said intensive search operations were on at Pawra and Dangra hillocks to bring back the girls. “Our teams are also maintaining pressure on adjoining villages at the foothills to ensure that the rebels don’t get to flee through these villages,” Singh said.
The DIG and CRPF commandant had gone to Jiyan and Maheshpur on Tuesday and also met Maoist area commander Kanhu Ram Munda’s father and uncle asking them to ensure the safe return of the girls to their villages. Sources said two of the girls were from Jiyan, Kanhu Munda’s parental village while the other girl was from neighboring Maheshpur village.
Jharkhand has been in news since Maoists kidnapped 35 children from Bishunpur village in Gumla district following which the high court had served notice to union home secretary, state chief secretary, home secretary, DGP and state women and child welfare secretary on April 24 last. On July 21 Ramgarh police arrested two Maoist women cadres who narrated their ordeal of being regularly sexually abused by squad leaders.