Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Naxalites kill four in Jharkhand

Statesman News Service

RANCHI, Aug. 31. — Four persons were killed late last night by Naxalite ultras in the Latehar district of Jharkhand. All four were first kidnapped from the neighbouring Lohardaga district.
According to police officers, the killing was masterminded by the ultras of the banned Naxalite outfit Jharkhand Sangharsh Janamukti Morcha.
Police sources of Latehar and Lohardaga said that around 2 a.m. today, a gang of 15 to 20 heavily armed extremists entered Bariatu village in Kisko police station area of Lohardaga. After surrounding the village, they kidnapped Ramswarup Lohra (38), Burul Lohra (20), Firingi Lohra (18) and Sayed Ansari (16) from a particular house. After the abduction, the four were brought to the end of Turudi village area in neighbouring Latehar district after a trek through the jungles and hilly tracks. The four were beheaded with swords and choppers thereafter and their mutilated bodies left there. Soon after the killings, police said, the gang went back inside the deep forest after raising slogans.
Latehar SP Mr PS Kendaswami said today: “All four who were murdered had started construction business and the Naxalites had demanded huge amounts of “levy” from them. When denied their share of the levy, they killed the four.”
The bodies of the four were recovered from the Turudi village by police. An intesnse combing operation was also started after cordoning off the entire area. However, there were no reports of any arrest till reports last came in.
District police officers in both Latehar and Lohardaga have started seperate investigations into the massacre. After an intense round of questioning, some villagers of Bariatu told the police that the Lohras’ were into a dispute over a land with another family in the village, who have connections with Naxalites. “In all probabilities, the ultras had murdered the Lohra family members because both sides could not come to a mutual understanding on the control of the property”, the villagers reportedly pointed out.

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