Jharkhand: Top rebel carrying Rs 10 lakh surrenders in Ranchi

Ranchi: CPI (Maoists) zonal commander Maharaj Pramanik, who carried Rs 10 lakh on his head, surrendered before Jharkhand police on Friday, joining the league of the members of the outlawed groups to lay their arms under the state’s naxal surrender policy in recent years.

Pramanik surrendered before Jharkhand police IG (operation) A V Homkar, zonal IG Pankaj Kamboj and other senior police brass in Ranchi.

Over 100 cases are lodged against Pramanik across different police stations of Jharkhand ranging from arson, murder, extortion, loot, dacoity among others. He was one of the masterminds to have orchestrated attack on police party in Seraikela-Kharsawan in June, 2019. 

Pramanik joined the CPI (Maoists) in 2008-09 and since then was one of the main persons in the outfit. According to police, the surrendered rebel was doing graduation from Chandil college in 2007-08 when his mother, who was an anganwadi sevika then, was targeted by anti-social elements for murdering her. Once, criminals also raided his house to kill her mother but she escaped the attack as she wasn’t present at the house then. Pramanik pleaded for help from different people, but said that none came forwarded for their help. During this time, he came in contact with Maoists group which was visiting his village and motivated him to join their squad assuring help.

After the surrender today, Pramanik however said that CPI (Maoists) have currently digressed from their original philosophy of fighting for the poor and downtrodden which prompted him to leave the outfit to return the main stream. He said, “I appeal everyone who are still with different rebel squads to return to mainstream and be part of the government process.” He also praised the state’s surrender policy. Homkar termed the surrender as a great success.