Friday, March 05, 2010

Teen girl, who alleges rape by Maoist, shot at

Naxals shoot 19-year-old girl

Alok Pandey, Thursday March 4, 2010, Latehar, Jharkhand


Nineteen-year-old Anju Kumari was shot in the stomach by Naxals. The reason - she filed a police case against their leader Pappu Lohra alleging rape and assault.

Latehar in Jharkhand is a district ravaged by Naxal violence for years.

Their reign of terror is evident in Anju's case. Before the police could make a headway, the Naxals had extracted their revenge.

''The girl is in a serious condition. We have referred her to a better hospital in Ranchi,'' said Dr Hareshan Mahto, Deputy Superintendent, District Hospital, Latehar.

March 2, Munger: A cop and were civilian beheaded because the police busted a Naxal camp.

February 18, Jamui: Eleven villagers killed because Naxals though they were police informers.

March 4, Latehar: And now they have shot Anju.

From Latehar, the Naxal offer of peace talks and the 72-day ceasefire seems just a paper offer, far from the ground reality of these villages living in the shadow of everyday violence.



Teen girl, who alleges rape by Maoist, shot at
IANS, Mar 5, 2010, 12.04pm IST



RANCHI: A teenage girl was shot by Maoist rebels in Jharkhand's Latehar district for slapping rape charges on a Maoist leader, police said Friday. The victim is struggling for life in a hospital here.

Maoist guerrillas shot three bullets into 17-year-old Anju Kumari on Thursday. She was injured critically and has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS).

"Anju sustained three bullets in her stomach. Her condition is critical," a doctor said.

Anju was shot when she was riding her bicycle in an area close to Latehar railway station. She was stopped by three motorcycle-borne Maoist rebels including the Maoist commander Pappu Lohra, who allegedly pumped three bullets into Anju's stomach and then fled, police said.

According to police, Anju was shot because she was bold enough to lodge a first information report (FIR) against Lohra for abducting and raping her.

"Anju was shot because she dared to raise a voice against Maoists. She had lodged an FIR against Pappu Lohra. Anju had accused Pappu of raping her for two days in a jungle after abducting her," a police official told IANS.

According to local journalists, Maoist rebels alleged it was the handiwork of the police to lodge fake rape charges against Lohra.

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