After the arrest of seven youths, including two Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) cadres in connection with Sister Valsa John murder case in Amrapara area of Pakur, the police is now planning a massive crackdown on suspected Maoists, who provided strategic support in the gruesome killing on November 15 - the Statehood day.
On the request of Dumka inspector general (IG) Arun Oraon, who is supervising the probe, the state police headquarter has despatched two companies of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to launch intensive manhunt for the suspected Maoists in Santhal. “If needed, more companies of the paramilitary force would join the search operation in areas of Pakur, Godda and Dumka,” said Oraon.
Meanwhile, all the seven arrested youths including Paisil Hemrom, Pradhan Murmu and Ranjan Marandi have been sent to judicial custody. The investigating officials are expected to take them on remand to get to the bottom of the case, said Oraon, adding that all options of the probe are now open until the police get any clear lead.
Sources, however, said that the investigation into the case has got a twist after it came to light that Pradhan Murmu (Mukhia of Aalubera) and his associate Ranjan Marandi were affiliated to the JMM and worked actively for health minister Hemlal Murmu during his elections. The health minister also wondered at the arresting, saying that it might be a design malign the image of the party.
Besides the involvement of local villagers in the murder of Sister Valsa, the police have planned a massive operation against the leftwing extremists, who are striving hard to increase their presence in Santhal Pargana area. Pushed to the wall in the face of police offensive in other areas, Maoists are expand their base in the areas, which is now drawing huge investments in power sector. Jindal power and steel limited and RPG Group have planned to set up power project in the area.
Investigating officials said the documents procured from the place of occurrence along with two mobiles of the slain sister were being examined. “We expect to get substantial lead from the interrogation of the arrested persons,” said one of the investigating officials.