In a major crackdown on the Tritiya-Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TPC), a Maoists splinter group, the Chatra police nabbed two hardcore ultras and seized huge cache of arms and ammunition, including a US-made rifle and carbine from their possession on Tuesday.
The recovery of foreign firearms from the TPC has surprised the state police who are all set to conduct a thorough probe in this regard.
The action against the TPC cadres assumes significance amid wide spread speculation about so-called patronage by state police, allegedly for TPC aiding the security forces in their fight against CPI (Maoists).
The TPC gained complete control over levy collection from flourishing coal and kendu leaves trade in Chatra district after chasing out CPI (Maoists) a few years ago.
Chatra superintendent of police AK Jha said, “Two TPC area commanders Rajesh and Hira, both Ganjus, were arrested during a raid conducted by a special police team, following a tip off.”
Rajesh hailed from Katkamdag village in Hazaribagh district while Hira belonged to Balumath in Latehar district.
The SP further said, “TPC zonal commander Manikant, sub zonal commanders Kabir and Dayanand as well as other cadres managed to give the police party a slip, leaving behind arms and ammunition that the police later seized.”
The seized arms and ammunition included one each of rifle and carbine, made in United States; four .315 rifles, one pistol, 408 live cartridges of different bores, six magazines, four mobile sets, Rs 56.70 thousand in cash, besides other items.
On asked about the US-made arms in TPC possession, Jha said, ‘We will conduct a thorough probe on how they came to acquire it.”
The arrests were made from Turi village under the Simaria police station of the district.