Friday, April 10, 2009

Maoist leader killed in gun battle with rivals


Hazaribagh, April 9: Maoist leader Krishna Yadav, who had unleashed a reign of terror in Chatra and Hazaribagh, was killed today in a gun battle with a rival faction in the forest area of Angarha at Simaria, Chatra.

Deputy superintendent of police of Naushad Alam confirmed the killing and said the body of Krishna had been recovered. Alam said one more member of Krishna’s team, Uday Ganjhu, was killed while four others sustained severe injures. According to reports, the cadres of Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), a breakaway faction of CPI(Maoist), were involved in the killing.

Sources said Krishna, along with his hit squad of 11 members, was conducting a meeting at Tarar in Simaria when a JPC team led by sub-zonal commander Kaljeet reached the spot and opened fire. Krishna and his men had tried to retaliate, but the attack was so sudden that they couldn’t put up a fight. Later, a police team reached the spot and recovered the bodies.

Sources said Krishna was infamous in the area for his criminal activities. He had thwarted a number of projects in the districts, including the ambitious project of connecting Hazaribagh with rail line.

On a number of occasions, he went to the sites, especially Katkamsandi, with his hit squad and blew up expensive machines and construction equipment. Then superintendent of police Praveen Kumar Singh had laid several traps to arrest him but every time, he managed to give the police a slip.

Last year, he set ablaze an cellphone service tower in Katkamsandi and had damaged a bridge at Pathalgadda in Chatra thrice to prevent the police from entering the area. He also used to extort money from businessmen and contractors and killed many villagers on suspicion that they were working as police informers.

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