The police on Thursday gunned down a People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) area commander Dinesh Sahu, wanted in at least 29 cases in Khunti district, said Khunti superintendent of police Anish Gupta.
Twenty-eight-year-old Sahu was infamous for unleashing a reign of terror on villagers of Khunti.
The encounter took place at Bandha village in Tupudana block at 9.30 am on Thursday and Sahu was taken down by a team of one officer in-charge, five jawans and a driver in an over 30-minute firing in the dense jungles of Ranchi-Khunti highway.
“He (Sahu) was wanted in several cases of rape, murder and extortion. Reacting on a tip-off by one of our informers, we found him and shot him dead,” said Gupta.
Four of Sahu’s accomplices, however, managed to escape. A massive search operation has been launched to apprehend them, said Ranchi senior superintendent of police Prabhat Kumar.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from Sahu, Kumar said, adding that a detailed seizure list was being prepared.
In another incident, an alleged arms supplier was arrested soon after he got off a train at Badajamda station in Maoist-hit West Singhbhum district on Wednesday, said superintendent of police Michael Raj S.
The SP said 10 wireless sets and Maoist literature were recovered from the possession of the arrested supplier, identified as Bhaskar Chakraborty, who was coming from Kolkata on the Howrah-Barbil Jansatabdi express.
Chakraborty allegedly used to supply the material and arms to the Maoists in Saranda forest of the district, the SP said.
(With PTI inputs)