Jharkhand: NIA Remanded State Naxal Cadre for Interrogation

RANCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday (July 22, 2020) remanded a senior Jharkhand Naxal cadre Sunil Manjhi in custody for interrogation in connection with the seizure of 6 lacs and incriminating material from a CPI (Maoist) cadre.

“The case pertains to the seizure of Rs 6 Lacs and incriminating material from CPI (Maoist) cadre Manoj Kumar in January 2018 while he was going to make levy payment to CPI (Maoist) terrorists. During further investigation, the incriminating role of arrested accused Sunil Manjhi emerged,” read the official statement.

Apprehended 37-year old Manjhi hails from the Giridh district in Jharkhand and was a member of the Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) of CPI (Maoist).

He was reportedly very active in Naxal activities in Parasnath area of Giridih district and was instrumental in the collection of huge amounts of levy from contractors engaged in developmental projects being undertaken in that area.

The State Police had filed a charge-sheet in the case on July 17 in 2018. Subsequently, NIA re-registered the case and took over the investigation after 5 days on July 22. He was also produced before the NIA Special Court in Ranchi and four days’ NIA remand has been taken for his custodial interrogation and further investigation is still on.