Saturday, August 15, 2009

8 of family burnt, Maoists suspected

Express news service
Tags : Maoists attacked, chhattisgarh

Posted: Thursday , Aug 13, 2009 at 0416 hrs

Eight members of a family, including a two-year-old girl, were reportedly burnt alive when suspected Maoists attacked them at Keskodi village, about 12 km from Koilibeda, in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.

Though the massacre of Ramayan Vishakarma’s family took place on Tuesday, Koilibeda police got the information only on Wednesday afternoon. Subsequently a team of security personnel are being rushed to the village, a police spokesman said.

Initial reports suggested that Maoists took revenge against the family as they suspected one of them was a police informer. But the police are also exploring a property dispute angle. It is suspected that one of the families sought Naxal help to bring to end a feud with the other family, which however refused to obey the diktat of the Maoist rebels, who later burnt them alive. However, another theory is that one of the families took help of a Samgam—village level supporters of Naxals—who intervened and no active Maoists were involved in the massacre.

“Eight deaths have been reported. We are investigating the matter,” state police spokesman and IG R K Vij told The Indian Express. “We will go to the village with adequate security reinforcement, including from the CRPF, as it has been a Maoist tactic to commit such crimes at remote locations and wait on the way to ambush the approaching security personnel,” local police sources said.

“The actual number of deaths and other details could be known only after recovery of bodies,” they added.

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