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8 criminals with rebel links held in Ranchi

Ranchi: In a major breathrough, Ranchi police have arrested eight criminals with links with the banned rebel outfit — Tritya Prastuti Committee (TPC) that was planning to result some major crime in the capital. Ranchi’s senior SP S K Jha on Sunday at a news conference announced the breakthrough stating that the arrested are linked with TPC’s supremo Bhikan Ganjhu, a rebel carrying Rs 10 lakh on his head.

The arrested culprits were wanted in connection to firing on one Bablo Kumar Munda in Kanke on September 29, police said.

Those arrested were identified as Irfan Ansari, Afroz Ansari, Ejaz Ansari, Arshad Ali, Abdulah Alam, Ekramul Ansari, Jasim Khan and Main-ul-Ansari. Police also recovered several weapons from their possession including an AK-47, three pistols, 10 cartridges, Rs 1.62 lakh cash, four-wheelers (3), bikes (2) and mobile phones (10).

Last month, these criminals opened fire on Babloo while he was returning from a temple in his SUV. His brother Prem Sagar Munda was killed in February last year which prompted city police to take this case seriously. Senior SP formed a special investigation team for the crackdown. 

Based on the technical inputs police and bullet fired on the vehicle, police later zeroed-in on a garage in Kantatoli. Following the raids, garage owner Guddu told police that one of his mechanic Ikramul Ansari took the vehicle citing a marriage ceremony. 

Police first caught hold of Ikramul who later gave clues about his other accomplices in the crime.  At a news briefing, SSP said that the attack on Babloo was possibly due to some financial dispute between him and the rebel group.