Maoist leader Kundan Pahan on Sunday surrendered before police at Ranchi. Pahan, who has 128 murder case including that of a police officer was also carrying a reward of 15 lakhs on his head.
Pahan is accused of killing special branch inspector Francis Indwar in 2008 and loot of a cash van of ICICI bank which carried 5 crores. Of other murders, he was also involved in the murder of Baliba ambush in Saranda and killing of DSP Pramod Kumar in 2008 at Pundigiri near Bundu in Ranchi district.
Additional Director General of Police R K Malik praised the police team for convincing Pahan to come into the mainstream and their continuous success in controlling left wing extremism in remote conflict areas.
“True repentance is to accept one’s mistakes,” Malik said. Notably, Pahan surrendered before Additional Director General of Police R K Malik, IG (CRPF) Sanjay Lathkar, DIG A V Homkar and other senior police officers at Ranchi.
Additionally, Malik said that DGP D K Pandey and the state government’s initiative of ‘Nai Disha’ gave one final opportunity for the naxalites to surrender this year.
As per reports, Pahan, as he surrendered said that he had realised that he had given many years to violence and would now help in the development of the country.
“Directly or indirectly I take responsibility of the incidents”, he said.