A senior Maoist leader and a strategist Enul Khan alias Govindji, who was wanted for killing at least two dozen security personnel in the red zone area of Jharkhand and Bihar, surrendered before the Jharkhand State Police on Wednesday.
Govindji, 52, had joined the banned left wing organisation as a regular cadre in 2005. Considering his strategy making capabilities, senior leaders of the banned left wing outfit rose his ranks to area commander. He was also member of the political wing of the CPI-Maoist.
“He was wanted by Jharkhand and Bihar Police for carrying out attacks on joint security forces. He carried Rs 10 lakh award on his head,” said Indrajeet Mahatha, superintendent of police (SP) Latehar.
The SP added that Govindji in 2013 led a troop of Maoist cadres which had triggered a landmine blast killing eight security personnel including a sub-inspector rank officer in Bihar’s Gaya district.
Mahatha further told newsnation.in that he was also part of the Maoist team which ambushed joint security forces in Palamu in 2016. Six CRPF troopers were killed and several others were injured in the attack.
Another senior police officer of Jharkhand Police said, “He was directly or indirectly involved in all major attacks in Bihar’s Gaya and Aurangabad district and Jharkhand’s Palamau district.”
The Jharkhand and Bihar Police officials believe his surrender is a major setback for the banned outfit.
“Govindji was a member of the political wing of the banned organisation. He was a good orator, indoctrinator and strategist. He had planned and carried out several attacks against the government and security forces,” added Mahatha.
Another senior officer not willing to be quoted said, “Govindji in the last 15 years has indoctrinated more than 100 innocent youths into the banned organisation.”