Friday, December 07, 2007

Maoists kill trader in Jharkhand

Posted : Fri, 07 Dec 2007 08:44:04 GMT
Author : IANS

Ranchi, Dec 7 - The body of a Jharkhand trader was found in a jungle Friday morning, a day after he had been abducted by suspected Maoist guerrillas.

According to police here, Chappu Sao's body was recovered from a jungle in Khunti district. He had been abducted Thursday night from Murhu village, 70 km from here.

Police officials said the Jharkhand Liberation Front (JLT), a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), had been demanding Rs.1 million from the timber trader and was responsible for the killing.

Angry villagers Friday blocked the Ranchi-Khunti national highway, demanding the arrest of JLT activities and compensation for Sao's family.

More than 1,000 people, including 645 civilians, have been killed in the last seven years in the state where Maoists are active in 18 of the 24 districts.

(c) Indo-Asian News Service

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