Wednesday, November 18, 2009

After Induwar Maoists now kill 'police informer'

Giridhar Jha
Patna, November 18, 2009


Maoists killed a village night guard by slitting his throat after accusing him of being a police informer in Bihar's Munger district.

They also chopped the arms of the guard, 40-year-old Chabbu Turi, in a Taliban-style operation.

Last month, the CPI (Maoists) had beheaded Jharkhand's special branch inspector Francis Induwar after abducting him from a market at Khunti, where he was posted.

The police said Turi was hacked by the Maoists in the Badki Hathia village of the district on Monday evening. Villagers said 50 armed extremists raided the hamlet, caught hold of the night guard and took him to a secluded place before slitting his throat with a sharp weapon.

The ultras later left a poster beside his body threatening all "police informers" in the area with dire consequences.

Turi was said to be helping the police by providing vital information about the movement of the Naxals in the area. Sources said his tip-offs had helped the police in arresting a few rebels in the past.

Turi was killed a day after four Maoists were arrested and a huge amount of explosives was seized from them.

Sources said the Patna police had recently seized a van laden with explosives. During scrutinising its papers, they discovered that the vehicle was registered in the name of Ashok Paswan, a resident of Kharagpur police station in Munger district.

It subsequently led to the arrest of three alleged Maoists, including Paswan.

Their capture also led to the arrest of Ishwar Sah, a supplier of arms and ammunition to the Naxals.

A large number of arms and explosives, including three packets of gelatine sticks, 145 detonators and a hand grenade, were seized from Sah's house at Ubhibanbarsha village.

The police said 100 detonators bore the mark of Gulf Oil Corporation Ltd, Hyderabad, while the rest had the marking of Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Ltd, Dholpur.

The police believe Turi's killing may have been an act of retaliation by the rebels.

Besides this, the Bihar Police also recently seized a huge cache of arms and explosives in a series of raids at different districts in the state and Jharkhand.

This was allegedly meant for disrupting the assembly elections in the tribal-dominated state.

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