Friday, March 20, 2009

Class 9 boy shot and stabbed by Maoists outside school

Indo-Asian News Service
Raipur, March 20, 2009
First Published: 15:30 IST(20/3/2009)
Last Updated: 15:32 IST(20/3/2009)

A Class 9 student was gunned down and then stabbed by Maoist guerrillas before shocked teachers and fellow students as he came out of his school in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said on Friday.

Surju Nareti, 15, the son of a special police officer who was killed last year, was shot dead after he finished an exam and came out of the government school in the forested interiors of Koyalibeda in Kanker district, a Maoist stronghold in Bastar about 300 km from the capital Raipur.

Ironically, Nareti, who was accused of being a police informer, had been living in Koyalibeda police station a short distance from his school.

"Nareti was surrounded by three Maoists clad in civil dress when he completed his exam and came out of the school complex. Fearing for his life, he ran back into the school and the Maoists chased him and shot him dead," Ajay Yadav, district superintendent of police, Kanker, told IANS.

Nareti's father was Mane Singh who was killed by Maoists in December last year. But the threats to the family did not stop and he moved to the police station, Yadav said.

The brutal daylight murder shocked the community. And many students as well as teachers said the killers were allowed to walk away freely with no policeman coming out to help.

Investigating officials said eyewitnesses reported that the guerrillas pumped three bullets into Nareti and then stabbed him with sharp edged weapons.

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