Top Maoist killed in Jharkhand encounter

An Alleged regional commander of the CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand was reportedly killed by security forces in the Lakarmanna forests on Friday.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published:July 21, 2012 1:45 am

‘IED expert’ Ajay Ganju carried Rs 10 lakh reward,was to enter top Naxal body soon

An Alleged regional commander of the CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand was reportedly killed by security forces in the Lakarmanna forests on Friday.

Ajay Ganju alias Paras ji,47,was allegedly a “landmine and IED expert”,and was tipped to be elevated to the core committee of the CPI (Maoist) soon. He was said to have been involved in around 90 cases,and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

He was active in Jharkhand since at least 1992. Ganju allegedly set fire recently to several school buildings and at least 60 vehicles involved in construction work on highways and railway projects in the area.

The operation that killed Ganju involved about 70 CRPF and Jharkhand police personnel. “It was a swift operation and Ganju was killed in that. He was anti-development and had torched school buildings in Chatra and Palamu districts,” D K Pandey,IG,CRPF,said.

“He was a dreaded criminal who had also killed a deputy superintendent of police and an assistant commandant of the CRPF after laying a trap,” Pandey said.

Police said that in 2008,Ganju had spread a rumour that Naxalites had hidden a chest full of currency notes in a densely forested area. The chest had an IED planted on it,and DSP Binod Bharti was killed while trying to open it,the police said. “The operation has dealt a big blow to Maoist operations in Jharkhand,” Pandey said. “It has definitely sent waves of panic through their ranks.”

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