[Three Indian news reports follow.–Frontlines ed.]
Jamshedpur, Jan. 17: In a daring wee-hour operation, three hardcore Maoist rebels, under trial for the slaughter of dozens of security personnel in Saranda, made good their escape from Chaibasa Divisional Jail today, triggering a red alert across the Singhbhum-Kolhan region.
The unprecedented jailbreak, possibly with help from jail officials, has sent the state’s security establishment into a tizzy, with senior police officers rushing to Chaibasa and the West Singhbhum district police releasing pictures of the trio and detaining a sentry for interrogation.
Two of the three rebels — Motilal Soren, alias Sandeep, and Raghunath Hembrom, alias Nirbhay — were lodged in the jail three years ago for acts of insurgency in West Singhbhum.
The third and the most dreaded — Mangru Mahto, alias Dhirendra — had been transferred from Dhanbad jail. He was wanted in as many as 40 cases registered in Bokaro, Dhanbad and West Singhbhum districts. Continue reading