July 26, 2016 10:19:49 pm
At least four persons, including three of a family, were killed allegedly by Maoists in separate incidents reported since Sunday in Garhwa and Gumla districts of Jharkhand.
While in one case, the victims were accused of being police informers, in the other the victims were shot at randomly, the police said. The incidents have come in the wake of recent police operations on the Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border, in which around half-a-dozen naxal operatives were killed, and are being seen as acts of retaliation from the Maoists. They have also given a call to observe martyrs’ week from July 28.
At Gumla, a 60-year-old farmer, Man Rakhan Sahu, a resident of Kharka village, was shot at by suspected Maoists when he was sitting in a roadside eatery under Sadar police station area of the district late Monday evening. Two others – youngster Pawan Oraon and one Bharat Tiwari – also sustained gunshot injuries. Sahu died on the spot. The police said that the injured were out of danger.
“We have recovered a leaflet left at the spot by Maoist operatives taking responsibility for the incident. Initially, we felt that they might have come looking for somebody else and shot the old man by mistake. However, investigations so far have not revealed any such thing. We are investigating further,” said Gumla Superintendent of Police, Chandan Kumar Jha.
On Sunday, three persons, including two real brothers, were killed by suspected Maoists, operating in the Koel-Shankh zone, after being kidnapped from their village, Bandi Khajuri. The deceased were identified as – Shravan Yadav (30), Heeralal Yadav (22), both brothers, and their cousin Shiv Lal Yadav (20).
The police said that Shravan’s body was found on Monday in Bandi Khajuri, while the other two bodies were found in Tehri village, around 8km away from their home. Initial investigations revealed that Shravan and Heera were sons of Rampreet Yadav, a former Maoist, who had surrendered before Chhattisgarh police in 2014.
“Rampreet had surrendered before Balrampur police in 2014. They used to live in Balrampur district. For the past four months or so, Shravan and Heera had come to our side and were building their home. There was pressure on them from the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, as they accused them of being informers. It appears that some villagers were also involved in aiding the Maoists in carrying out the killings,” said Garhwa SP Priyadarshi Alok.
The SP added that Shravan was hanged from a tree and then his throat was slit, while the other two were shot dead. Leaflets have also been recovered from the spot.
Meanwhile, an alert has been sounded in the wake of the Maoists giving a state-wide call to observe martyrs’ week from July 28.
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