Thursday, April 09, 2009

Rebels torch teacher’s home

Jamshedpur, April 8: An armed squad of Naxalites torched the house of a parateacher at Motuda village in Chowka under Chandil police station area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district late last night.

Before setting the tile-and-mud house on fire just before midnight, the 12-odd rebels also thrashed parateacher Mundana Munda’s younger brother and subsequently sneaked into the nearby forests towards Khunti.

As this was the third such incident of CPI(Maoist)-sponsored violence in quick succession in Chandil and Nimdih areas, it has triggered a sensation across the region, gearing up for the Lok Sabha polls.

Munda, who used to teach at a primary school in Chandil, and his other family members had fled the village apprehending an attack. As none from Munda’s family turned up at the Chandil police station, the villagers informed the incident to the police later.

A police team also started search operations in Chowka and the nearby Hensakocha jungle. Sheetal Oraon, the Seraikela-Kharsawan district superintendent of police, said a combing operation had been launched at Hensakocha jungle.

“So far we did not get a complaint of the Naxalite attack from Munda’s family. We are trying to trace the Naxalites responsible behind the incident by conducting long-range patrolling,” he said.

Sources in intelligence department confirmed the incident and said that this was a targeted move of the Naxalites to disrupt the election process in Chowka and Chandil areas. According to sources, the rebels are trying to disturb the polling process by creating violence.

Earlier on April 5, the Naxalites called poll boycott at Chaliama and Baghadih villages in Nimdih block by conducting a poster campaign.

Last month, a squad of armed rebels exchanged fire with police and paramilitary forces at Chaliama and Baghadih. However, no one was injured.

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