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Naxals kill nine Ranvir Sena men

Maoists stormed Jehanabad jail and freed 389 inmates. Jail break in Pics

india Updated: Nov 15, 2005 10:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Armed Naxals freed 389 inmates of the district prison and killed four persons in their daring storming operation on Sunday night and gunned down nine kidnapped members of Ranvir Sena, an outlawed militia of upper caste landlords, on Monday triggering protests from the relatives.

Alarmed over the incident, the Centre rushed 1,000 central paramilitary personnel and decided to air drop troops in Bihar even as alert was sounded in Naxal-affected districts of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

District Magistrate Rana Avadhesh put the number of jail escapees from the prison at 341 of whom three were nabbed. However, IG (Prisons) AB Prasad said 389 inmates were missing of whom six were recaptured.

Dreaded naxal leadersescape

He said dreaded Naxalite leaders Ajay Kanu and Murali, who were lodged in the jail and plotted Sunday night's operation, escaped.

While a sentry, a warder and Ranvir Sena leader Bade Sharma were shot dead at the jail, a constable perished in the gun battle with the 1,000-strong Naxalites who had also raided the police lines.

Many Sena men taken away

An unspecified number of imprisoned Ranvir Sena men were taken away from the jail by the CPI (Maoist) armed cadres.

Avadhesh said that bodies of three believed to be abducted members of Ranvir Sena, locked in a feud with Naxalites for over a decade, were recovered from the railway track near the jail. Five other Sena men were believed to have been killed at Belagang in adjoining Gaya district, he said.

The body of a prominent Ranvir Sena activist Visweshwar Rai was found at Pinjora village in Jehanabad district on Monday evening, Prasad said.

First Published: Nov 15, 2005 01:49 IST