Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Maoists kill JMM central committe leader in Jharkhand

TNN 4 August 2009, 10:43pm IST

RANCHI: Maoist militants gunned down a senior central committee leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and wounded one of his associates at
Patamda off Jamshedpur in East Singhbhum district on Tuesday.

Doren Singh Munda (48) was a close aide of former state land revenue minister Dulal Bhuiyan and had an active role in the movement for creation of Jharkhand as a separate state in 2000.

Police said four motorcycle-borne militants raided Patamda village around 8.30 am, saw Munda and his assistant sitting outside the leader's house and started firing indiscriminately from their automatic weapons. Munda died on the spot.

"After killing him, the Red rebels fled the village. They took a road towards West Bengal. By the time the cops and CRPF personnel reached the spot, they must have entered Bengal. It's hardly a half-an-hour journey to the neighbouring state," a police official said.

Munda's body has been sent for post-mortem examination to the Jamshedpur-based MGM Medical College Hospital. His wounded associate has been taken to the steel city for treatment. CRPF sources said a massive manhunt has been launched to arrest the assailants.

JMM threatened to launch a massive agitation seeking the culprits' arrest. Bhuiyan said Munda's murder was a "plot" to deal a blow to the JMM ahead of the Assembly elections. He added, "Our party is not going to remain silent. We want the killers arrested at the earliest."

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