A Latehar court on Tuesday sentenced five Maoist operatives to life imprisonment for their involvement in the killing of 11 police and CRPF personnel in a series IED blasts in May 2011 under Senha Police Station area of Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district.
More than 40 others were injured in the incident that had taken place near Dhardharia waterfall in Lohardga. At that point, it was among the worst attacks suffered by security forces at the hands of Maoists.
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Additional District Judge-I Anil Kumar Singh held the five Maoists — Pooran Ganjhu (sub-zonal commander), Akshaya Kherwar (area commander), Sudhwa Asur, Sunna Kherwar and Vishnu Asur (all members of the dasta) — guilty and sentenced them to life imprisonment, besides imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 each. The mastermind of the attack, Akshay, was arrested in October 2011.