Dinesh Gope, supremo of banned Maoist outfit PLFI, arrested in Delhi

New Delhi: Jharkhand-based Maoist outfit People’s Liberation Front of India’s supremo (PLFI) Dinesh Gope, who had a reward of Rs 30 lakh on his head, was arrested in Delhi following a raid by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday, officials said.

Gope, alias Kuldeep Yadav alias Badku, was earlier charge sheeted by the NIA in a case related to the recovery of demonetised currency of Rs 25.38 lakhs from PLFI operatives. He was absconding in the case, one of the two being investigated by the NIA’s Ranchi branch against the PLFI.

An NIA official official said that Gope was involved in 102 criminal cases, registered against him in Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha, and most of them relating to murders, abductions, threats, extortion, and raising funds for the PLFI.

“The NIA had also declared a reward of Rs 5 lakh for leads on Gope, in addition to the reward of Rs 25 lakh announced by the Jharkhand Government. He had been absconding for almost two decades,” said the official.

On February 3, 2022, an encounter took place between a Gope-led PLFI squad and security personnel in the forest area under Gudri Police station of Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district but the rebels sneaked back into the forest and Gope managed to escape. He had been absconding since then, and had been taking shelter at different places while making all efforts to re-establish the PLFI’s stronghold in Jharkhand.

“Gope used to extort money and execute attacks through his PLFI team members to terrorise businessmen, contractors and the public at large. The accused, along with his associates, was involved in depositing the demonetised currency in a bank account of a petrol pump to be later collected through levy/extortion. The illegal money was then invested through banking channels and dubious shell companies in the name of close associates and family members of Gope,” said the official.

The case was initially registered on November 10, 2016 at PS Bero, Ranchi, and re-registered by the NIA on January 19, 2018. The police had filed the first charge sheet against four persons on January 9, 2017.

The NIA filed the first supplementary charge sheet in the case against 11 accused, including Gope. Later, the NIA filed the second supplementary charge sheet in the case on July 23, 2022 against five individuals and three private limited companies. The NIA had also attached 14 bank accounts and two cars, alongwith cash and immovable property worth more than a crore, in the case.

Known previously as Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), PLFI is responsible for hundreds of terror incidents in Jharkhand, including several murders using firearms, as per the NIA investigations. The outfit used to lure unemployed youth by providing them motor bikes, mobile phones and easy money and after imparting training, used to equip them with lethal weapons to carry out terror incidents.

Extortion is PLFI’s major source of income and the outfit has been targeting coal traders, railway contractors, and various private entities involved in developmental projects in various district of Jharkhand. The Maoist outfit had also formed alliances with different criminal gangs in order to spread their nefarious activities, and executed several incidents of murders and arson in Jharkhand.

Gope was part of a criminal conspiracy to channelise the extorted funds collected from the contractors/businessmen engaged in developmental projects in Jharkhand. He was involved in investing these funds in dubious shell companies like Palak Enterprises, Shiv Adi Shakti, Shiv Shakti Samridhi Infra Pvt Ltd, Bhavya Engicon, formed in partnership with other PLFI associates and his family members. The extorted money was also being transferred from Jharkhand to other places through a network of hawala operators.

In July 2007, Masi Charan Purty, a renegade of the CPI-Maoist, along with several of his followers, had joined Gope in order to expand PLFI. Though Purty was subsequently arrested, the PLFI spread its activities under Gope’s command. He used to collect huge amounts of extortion money, which was further used to procure sophisticated weapons, including AK-47s and foreign-made rifles, such as HK-33s.

IANS

Law is same for Darshan and everyone else, K’taka Home Minister in fan’s murder case

Bengaluru: Commenting on the murder of a fan, allegedly by Kannada superstar Darshan and his associates, Karnataka Home Minister, Dr G Parameshwara, stated on Wednesday that the law was the...

Reel hero turns real life villain: Kannada superstar Darshan arrested in fan’s murder case

Bengaluru: Karnataka Police arrested Kannada superstar Darshan on Tuesday in connection with the alleged murder of 33-year-old Renukaswamy, a resident of Chitradurga, by the actor and his associates. The probe...

Stabbed BJP workers were shouting slogans during victory procession in front of mosque: K’taka Police

Dakshina Kannada (Karnataka): The communally sensitive coastal district of Dakshina Kannada is tense on Monday following the stabbing of two BJP workers during the celebration of the BJP-led NDA government...

Vishvendra Singh lodges FIR accusing wife, son of stealing jewellery of Bharatpur royals from his locker

Jaipur: The ongoing family dispute between former Rajasthan minister Vishvendra Singh, has taken a bitter turn as he reportedly filed a theft case against his wife Divya Singh and his...

K’taka: Cleric repeatedly rapes ‘possessed’ minor, gets her brother to sexually assault her too

Chitradurga (Karnataka): Karnataka Police arrested a cleric in Chitradurga on Monday, on charges of repeatedly raping a minor girl on the pretext of getting her rid of being possessed by...

Gold smuggling: DRI suspects involvement of more AI Express crew members

Thiruvananthapuram: After arresting two cabin crew members of Air India Express for allegedly smuggling gold, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has intensified the probe suspecting role of more crew...

Sex videos probe: JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna refuses to cooperate; SIT hunts for key mobile

Bengaluru: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) is making every effort to recover the mobile phone allegedly used by arrested JD(S) MP and prime accused in the sex videos case, Prajwal...

Sex videos case: JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna’s arrest warrant issued, says K’taka HM

Bengaluru: Karnataka Home Minister Dr. G Parameshwara stated on Wednesday that the warrant for JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna’s arrest had been issued. The fugitive MP who is former Prime Minister,...

Sex scandal: SIT to decide on arrest of JD(S) MP Prajwal upon arrival, says K’taka HM

Bengaluru: Karnataka Home Minister, Dr G Parameshwara stated on Tuesday that the decision to arrest JD(S) MP and prime accused in the sex video case, Prajwal Revanna, at the airport...

Complainant in POCSO case against ex-CM Yediyurappa dies in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: The complainant, who had filed the POCSO case against former Chief Minister and BJP Central Parliamentary Committee Member B.S. Yediyurappa has died, police said on Monday. Police sources said...

318 arrested in West Bengal for violence amid 6th phase of polling

Kolkata: A total of 318 persons were arrested throughout West Bengal on Saturday for involvement in poll-related violence and tension during the sixth phase of voting for eight Lok Sabha...

Prajwal Revanna’s family knows everything about him: K’taka CM Siddaramaiah

Mysuru, (Karnataka): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated on Friday that the family of fugitive JD(S) MP and prime accused in the sex videos case, Prajwal Revanna, knows everything about him....

Read Previous

El Nino on the way, could wipe out $3 trillion of world economy

Read Next

Nitish urges Opposition to support Kejriwal, Tejashwi says BJP trying to change Constitution

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com