Friday, November 20, 2009

Maoists kill ration dealer ahead of bandh

Ranchi, Nov 20 (PTI) Suspected Maoists shot dead a ration dealer in Latehar district ahead of a day-long band called by the naxals today to protest the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly polls.

Latehar Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashwini Kumar said about 20 armed Naxalites took the ration dealer Kedar Baitha, whom they suspected to be a police informer, to Maruhao village and killed him last night.

Inspector-General of Police V D Deshmukh said elaborate security arrangements have been made to prevent any violence during the bandh and police personnel deployed at strategic points.

He denied knowledge of reports that at least 20 men had been kidnapped by Maoists from a village in West Singhbhum district.

"Some days back explosives were recovered from Dargoashai but we don't have any information on that," he said.

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