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Most wanted Naxalite Kanhu Munda and six others lay down arms

Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: In a major achievement to the security forces engaged in flushing out Maoists rebels, a hardcore CPI-Maoist rebel Kanhu Munda who was wanted in connection several naxal-related cases and carried reward of Rs 25 lakhs, on Wednesday surrendered before the police at Golmuri police line in the city along with six other Naxalites.

Apart from zonal commander Kanhu, those who have surrendered are identified as Fogra Munda, Bhoglu Singh Munda, Jiten Munda, Shankar and Kajal. The Maoists rebel surrendered in the Naxal hotbed native village Jiyan under Gurabandha police station area in Ghatsila sub-division.

Seven major Maoist leaders altogether carried Rs 43 lakh rewards on their heads. Among the seven, police said Kanhu Munda and Fogra Munda carried rewards of Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh on their heads respectively. Four other cadres carried rewards of Rs 2 lakh each on their heads. The Maoists, including a woman, identified as Kajal, laid their arms before Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), East Singhbhum, Anoop T Mathew.

DIG (Kolhan) Prabhat Kumar described the surrender as a big achievement for the district police.

A Zonal Secretary of Jharkhand-Bengal-Odisha zone of CPI (Maoist), Kanhu, who joined the Naxal movement about two decades ago, was operating in Ghatsila sub-division including bordering areas of West Bengal and Odisha, police said.
Kanhu and Fogra were wanted in a number of Naxal-related incidents including the murder of police inspector Sushil Nag and three others in Singhpura under Gurabanda police station area in 2006.

Sources said the district police had of late intensified anti-Naxal operation in the Naxal-hit Ghatsila sub-division and started mounting pressure on the top Maoist leader Kanhu Munda-led squad to surrender, which was operating in the bordering areas of Jharkhand-Bengal-Odisha.

The SSP said that the district police have launched a massive anti-naxal operation in the naxal-affected areas of the district, particularly after a hard-core Maoist Supai Tudu was gunned down in an encounter recently in the sub-division.

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