Two Maoists convicted in killing of SP, five policemen in Jharkhand in 2013

Pakur SP Amarjeet Balihar, known for his tough stand against left-wing extremism, and five other policemen had been killed and three others injured in an ambush by Maoists in Jharkhand’s Dumka district on July 2, 2013.

ranchi Updated: Sep 06, 2018 20:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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The court convicted Sanatan Baski and Pravir Da, members of the Special Area Committee (Bihar and Jharkhand) of a Maoist outfit. Five others were acquitted on ground of lack of evidence.(Getty Images/Picture for representation)

Two Maoists were convicted on Thursday by a local court in Dumka, Jharkhand, in connection with the killing of Superintendent of Police, Pakur district, Amarjeet Balihar, and five other policemen in the district five years ago.

The court of District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Taufique-ul Hasan convicted Sanatan Baski and Pravir Da, members of the Special Area Committee (Bihar and Jharkhand) of a Maoist outfit in the 2013 killings.

Five others, identified as Vakil Hembram, Manvel Murmu 1, Manvel Murmu 2, Satan Besra and Lovin Murmu were acquitted by the court on the ground of lack of evidence against them.

The court has fixed September 26 for pronouncing the quantum of punishment against the two convicts.

Pravir Da is already serving life term since August 9, 2016 in connection with the murder case that had been committed in a village under Masalia police station of Dumka district, Additional Public Prosecutor, Surendra Prasad Sinha said.

Altogether 31 eye-witnesses had turned up in course of the trial of the case in the killing of Balihar and the five policemen.

Balihar, known for his tough stand against left-wing extremism, and five other policemen had been killed and three others injured in an ambush by Maoists in Jharkhand’s Dumka district while returning to Pakur after attending a meeting on July 2, 2013.

The ultras, who were lying in wait, had opened fire and hurled bombs at the convoy of Balihar near Kathikund of Dumka district.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 20:01 IST