Friday, July 31, 2009

Suspected Maoists set ablaze the house of a farmer

LOHARDAGA: Suspected Maoists set ablaze the house of a farmer, Amiruddin Ansari, at Hriday Toli village under the Kisko police station of the
district in the wee hours of Tuesday. Villagers, however, doused the fire which gutted fodder kept in two rooms of the house.

The house was set afire before dawn when the family was asleep. Around 4 am, Amiruddin's granddaughter noticed the fire which was doused with the help of villagers.

"No one saw who set the house on fire. But we have reasons to suspect MCC's hand in the incident," Amiruddin said. He said that about 15 days ago, the MCC had sent him a letter demanding a sum of Rs 2 lakh and five SIM cards. Besides, the ultra outfit also sought a monthly payment of Rs 5000. He also received several threat calls from a number 9504097082. The caller even inquired about my son Naushad Hussain's arrival. He said that his son, who is in army, had recently come home on leave.

Amiruddin said that the caller had asked him to deposit the levy and the SIM cards in the village school. He also informed him about two fellow villagers who make a monthly payment of Rs 5000 to the ultra outfit through the school. The school was found closed on Tuesday noon.

Kisko police station in-charge Sunil Kumar Tiwari said that the matter is being investigated. A case (no. 54/09) has been lodged under Sections 387 and 436 of the IPC against 12 unidentified persons.

The officer said that the police are scanning the contents of the letter. "It seems that the letter has been issued either by some enemies of Amiruddin or by the local criminals," he added.

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