Gope: Top Naxal Dinesh Gope fugitive for two decades detained in Delhi | News from India

NEW DELHI: The National Detective Agency (NIA) arrested Dinesh on Sunday Gothe self-styled leader of the proscribed Naxal group Popular Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and accused in more than 100 criminal cases in three states, in Delhi.
Gope also known by his aliases Kuldeep Yadav and Badku was carrying a total reward of Rs 30 lakh including Rs 5 lakh claimed by the NIA for clues about him and Rs 25 lakh claimed by the Jharkhand Government. He was previously charged in a 2018 NIA case related to the recovery of demonetised currency with a face value of Rs 25.4 lakh from PLFI agents in Ranchi in 2016. Gope had been on the run for nearly two decades.

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Gope extorted money from traders: NIA
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested Dinesh Gope, the self-styled head of the banned Naxal group PLFI in Delhi. Among the 102 cases filed against him in Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha are those related to murder, kidnapping, threats, extortion and fundraising for PLFI, a leftist extremist group formed in 2007 in Jharkhand and also a splinter group from the CPI (Maoist) which is designated as a terrorist group under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
On February 3 last year, a meeting between the security forces and a PLFI team led by Dinesh took place in the forest area below the Gudri police station in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Several shots were fired during the encounter before the rebels broke into the forest and Gope was able to escape. He had since taken refuge in different places as he made all efforts to re-establish the PLFI stronghold in Jharkhand, the NIA said in a statement.
Gope allegedly extorted money and carried out attacks through his PLFI team members to terrorize businessmen, contractors and the general public, the NIA said. He and his associates would deposit demonetized currency into a bank account at a gas station, to later be collected via levy/extortion. The illegal money was then invested through banking channels and dubious shell companies in the name of Dinesh’s close associates and family members. The extorted money was also transferred from Jharkhand to other places through a network of hawala operators.
Previously known as Jharkhand Liberation Tigers (JLT), PLFI is allegedly involved in hundreds of terrorist incidents in Jharkhand including killings by firearms including AK-47.
Extortion is the main source of income of the PLFI and the organization has targeted coal traders, railway contractors and various private entities involved in development projects in various districts of Jharkhand. The Naxal group had formed alliances with several criminal gangs to spread its heinous activities and carried out several incidents of murder and arson in Jharkhand. In July 2007, Masi Charan Purty, a renegade of the CPI (Maoist), along with his followers had joined Gope to lift the PLFI. Although Purty was later arrested, the PLFI disclosed its activities under Gope’s command. He collected huge amounts of extortion money, which was further used to procure sophisticated weapons.
The case of demonetized money was initially registered by Jharkhand Police on 10 November 2016 and re-registered by NIA on 19 January 2018. Police filed first complaint against four persons on 9 January 2017. Charge sheet in case against 11 defendants including Gope. Subsequently, a second supplementary complaint was filed on 23 July 2022 against five natural persons and three limited liability companies. The NIA had also seized 14 bank accounts and two cars, along with cash and real estate worth more than Rs 1 crore, in the case.


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