Several leaders and workers of All Jharkhand Student Union (AJSU) Party are on the hit list of People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a CPI-Maoist splinter outfit.
This came to light after the Ranchi police arrested five hardcore members of the banned outfit from Angara police station area earlier this week.
"The arrested cadres named a few AJSU party leaders on their target list," said Pravin Singh, deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Ranchi zone.
The arrested five told the police during questioning that PLFI supremo Dinesh Gope had directed its cadres to target AJSU leaders randomly across the state.
"They have named former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto in their target list," said Prabhat Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ranchi.
While another police officer told Hindustan Times that the five arrested had also named Tileshwar Sahu in target list after Mahto.
The police officer added that the five during questioning revealed to police that they were keeping a vigil on Mahto for the last few weeks.
The ultras also told the police that they had conducted recce of all possible places including Mahto's residence in Silli and Ranchi for surprise attack.
PLFI has been banned in 2011 and is considered a potent after the Maoists.
PLFI has its presence in Khunti, Simdega, West Singhbhum, Chatra, Latehar, Ranchi, Gumla, Palamau and Lohardaga in Jharkhand and several districts in adjoining states Chhattisgarh and Odisha.