Ranchi: In a development that exposes the state of affairs in the functioning of Jharkhand government, it has been revealed that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had, on April 25, warned the Police headquarters that landmines have been planted by the Maoists in several areas of Lohardaga district.

This was at least a week ahead of the serial landmine blasts in the district that left 11 policemen dead and over 50 others injured on May 03.

Despite having prior information, the district police in association with paramilitary force was conducting a search operation in the region that resulted in heavy casualty.

Reacting on the issue, state DGP Gauri Shankar Rath said, “We keep getting information from the intelligence bureau. However, if such a big incident has failed it proves that something somewhere has gone wrong.”

“A thorough inquiry is being conducted. ADG, Law & Order, DK Pandey has been entrusted with the task of investigation in which Reji Dungdung, IG, Ranchi range, will assist him. Further action will be taken after the investigation,” he added.

Meanwhile, cracking on the Maoists, police on the Tuesday midnight arrested four members of Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) under Latehar sadar police station.

They were identified as Sukhdeo Bhagat, Indradeo Ganjhu, Sanjay Oraon and Khusial Lohra. All the four arrested Naxals are wanted in several cases registered with Chandwa and Balumath police stations.

A US-made rifle, a carbine and about a dozen live bullets along with mobile and a motorcycle have been recovered from them.
The state police announced an award of Rs 1, 000 for all the policemen involved in the operation.

In other cases of Maoist offensive in the state, the ultras on Tuesday midnight set three JCB machines on fire at Raidih in Gumla district. They issued a warning not to use machines in construction work and to give a minimum wage of Rs 300 to the laborers.

JPN/Bureau