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Maoist leader gives up arms in Jharkhand

Press Trust of India  |  Giridih (Jharkhand) 

A Maoist leader, carrying a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head, laid down his arms on Thursday in Jharkhand's district, a senior police officer said here.

Balbir Mahato, who also went by names Pravir, Charkha and Barati Mahato, turned himself in before Deputy Inspector General of Police (Hazaribagh Range) Pankaj Kamboj, Superintendent of Police (SP) Surendra Jha, Anil Sharma and other officers.

Mahato, a member of Jharkhand-special committee of the CPI (Maoist), hails from Nawadih village in Giridih's Pirtand block, the SP said.

He was wanted in the killing of Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar in 2013, attacks on prison van and police officers at Chaibasa in district among two dozen other cases, he added.

The DIG said that Mahato was handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh as part of the state's rehabilitation programme.

"After Balbir's family was apprised of the state government's policy for surrendered Maoists, he turned himself in," the DIG said, adding that naxalites who are "not willing to surrender should be prepared to face bullets".

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 18:35 IST
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