Saturday, August 15, 2009

8 of family beaten to death by Maoists

K. Srinivas Reddy

HYDERABAD: The Chhattisgarh government is moving heavy contingents of security forces into Maoist-affected Kanker district to investigate a report that eight members of a family— including two children aged two and four— were beaten to death and their bodies burnt following failed negotiations over a property dispute on Tuesday night.

What alarmed the State administration is the claim by a surviving family member that the Maoists were involved in the incident, reported from Kesikodi village in the proximity of Maoist base area – Abuz Maad. “The place has a very high presence of Maoists as it is near Abuz Maad. Our forces are moving very cautiously anticipating Maoist attacks”, Director General of Police Viswaranjan said on phone from Raipur.

Property dispute

According to the information received at the Police headquarters, Ramayan Vishwakarma had a property dispute with some persons at Kesikodi. His rival sought the help of Maoists and approached Nagesh, a commander of the Local Organising Squad (LOS) to settle the dispute. The Maoist called for a meeting as part of the Jan Adalat (people’s court) and tried to settle the issue. “One of the parties was not ready for the settlement and the attack took place.” sources said quoting Ramayan Vishwakarma.

The dead were identified as Vishwakarma’s mother, Sukhawathi; daughters Kausalya and Pramila; son Ram Singh; daughter-in-law Raju Bhanu; grand daughters Sarita and Aruna; and his wife whose name was not known.

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