Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wanted PLFI rebel killed in encounter

OUR CORRESPONDENT

On guard
Ranchi, June 26: The district today woke up to news of two killings — one by the police and the other by Maoists.

A criminal, who had recently joined the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) — a breakaway faction of CPI(Maoist) — was killed in an encounter with the police at Prem Nagar under the Nagari police outpost in the wee hours today.

In another incident, Naxalites killed a villager at Parasi village under the Tamar police station area and left behind posters, which hinted that the victim had to pay the price with his life for committing rape and murder.

In the first incident, police confirmed the death of Nand Kishore Nayak (27) in the encounter, saying that they had been on the lookout for the Naxalite for some time.

Officer-in-charge of the Nagari out post Fulan Nath said that they had found a 9mm pistol on the body. He added that they had received a tip-off that Nayak, along with six of his aides, was hiding at a house at Prem Nagar.

Accordingly, a police team, comprising two havildars and eight constables, was sent to the spot.

“When the police team spotted Nayak and his gang, they started open firing. The rebels were heavily armed. They retaliated by firing from their double barrel gun, 303 rifle and 9mm pistols besides other automatic and semi-automatic firearms. The encounter continued for about 15 minutes. While the other extremists escaped, Nayak fell to the bullets,” Nath said.

The officer in charge added that Nayak was the most wanted criminal of the district. “He was involved in more than 15 cases of robbery, kidnapping and murders registered at different police stations of the district. He joined hands with PLFI about two months ago with an aim to set foot in the business of collecting levy,” Nath said. PLFI has a sway in Lohardaga, Gumla and other rural pockets.

Meanwhile, at Parasi village in Tamar, a Maoist, local residents spotted a fellow villager, Madan Munda (35), lying dead in a pool of blood this morning. The victim’s throat had been slit. Beside the body, lay a hand written poster left by the Maoists. The poster hinted that the rebels had killed Munda for committing a murder and rape in the Tamar area. Apart from this, it also suggested that the Maoists punished Munda for collecting levy in their name.

“Murderers, rapists and those collecting levy from areas under the control of Maoist will meet the same fate,” a villager quoted from the poster in Hindi. But the police had no information about the incident till late in the evening. When contacted, officer-in-charge of Tamar police station Ezajul Hasan Siddiqui pleaded ignorance.

“I have heard about the incident but have not received any FIR yet. In such a situation, it is difficult for us to confirm the incident,” Siddiqui said.

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