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Jharkhand: Maharaj Pramanik carrying reward of Rs 10 lakh surrenders to police

Ranchi, Jan 21: CPI Maoist zonal commander Maharaj Pramanik alias Raj Pramanik, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh, surrendered before the Jharkhand Police on Friday. 

The wanted Naxalite Maharaj has been involved in more than two dozen Naxalite incidents and has 119 cases lodged in different police stations of West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Khunti and Ranchi. 

The rebel who was unofficially with the police since September officially surrendered on Friday in the presence of Jharkhand IG operation A. V Homkar, IG Ranchi zone Pankaj Kamboj and DIG Special Task Force Anoop Birthare’s and also gave the AK-47 he brought with him to the police along with cartridges, pistol and walke-talkie sets. 

After surrendering  to the police, Maharaj Pramanik speaking to media said said that now the Naxalite organizations have become devoid of any ideology and the only objective is to collect the levy. Due to this, several Maoist leaders have become disillusioned with Naxalite organization and have thought of surrendering. He has appealed to other Naxalites to return to the mainstream.

However, sources said that making of Patiram Majhi alias Anal Da as regional commander of Maoist outfit in the Saranda region had led to dispute among the rebel after which Maharaj had got in contact with state police for surrender. Maharaj had played a crucial role in the arresting of Maoist politburo member Prashant Bose alias Kishan Da (carrying a reward of Rs 1 crore) and his wife. In the past, three members of the Maharaj Pramanik squad, Balloon Sardar, Suraj Sardar and Suraj’s wife have duly surrendered to the police.

Maharaj’s squad has been involved in dozens of Naxalite incidents . Apart from Ranchi, its squad has carried out dozens of Naxalite incidents in West Singhbhum, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Khunti. Under this, in the year 2021, an IED blast was carried out targeting policemen in Lanji. Three policemen were martyred in this blast.

Jharkhand Police and NIA were on the lookout for Maharaj as he played a crucial role in the attack against police forces in Kukuruhat in Seraikela in the year 2019 killing five policemen. Jharkhand Police had placed a reward of 10 lakhs on Maharaj Pramanik. At the same time, Jharkhand Police and NIA were looking for it for a long time.

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