One of the seven Maoists who escaped after a police van was ambushed by their comrades in Giridih on Friday evening, surrendered to the police on Saturday after he was tracked down. Another Maoist, who was among the prisoners, could not flee as he was injured. He is being treated at a private hospital in Giridih.

“Bipin Mandal suffered bullet injuries and was not able to escape. Our teams traced Baijnath Tiwari and he has surrendered,” said Jharkhand Director General of Police G.S. Rath.

Seven villagers from the area were reported to have been detained by the police on suspicion that they helped the Maoists in carrying out the ambush. “Some people have been detained, but I cannot confirm the number,” Mr. Rath said.

A team of senior police officials, including Inspector General (IG) Operations S.N. Pradhan, Bokaro IG Murarilal Meena, DIG Suman Gupta and CRPF spokesperson IG M.V. Rao, visited the ambush site on Saturday morning.