Monday, August 25, 2008

Naxalites kill ration dealer

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Jamshedpur, Aug. 22: Suspected Naxalites killed a ration shop dealer at Galudih in the Ghatshila police station area this evening.

Krishna Mahto, a resident of Pindrabad village near Baguria, was returning to Galudih on his bike when three men accosted him and pumped bullets into his body. Mahto was rushed to a local nursing home and later referred to the Tata Motors Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police said Mahto’s assailants came on cycles around 6pm. They deliberately hit his bike and started an argument. One of the three pulled out a pistol and fired three shots from point-blank range. As Mahto collapsed, his assailants fled on his bike.

East Singhbhum superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Singh said that Mahto had been on the Naxalites’ hit list because the attack was pre-planned. “They came on cycles, started an argument and then shot at him. This is enough evidence that they had planned the attack,” he said.

Singh said though the motive is not clear, the police are investigating why Mahto was a target.

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