Saturday, May 23, 2009

Red rebels gun down two in Garhwa

23 May 2009, 2126 hrs IST, TNN

GARHWA/RANCHI: Armed Naxalites of the banned CPI (Maoist) killed two persons at Baghwar village, about 15 km from the Bhandaria block headquarters
in Garhwa district, on Friday evening, police said on Saturday.

The deceased have been identified as Maqsood Ansari of Ugra village and Manauwwar Ansari of Chhatwa village under the Bhandaria police station area of the district.

The Maoists also thrashed Manauwwar's elder brother Imteyaz Ansari. The police recovered a leaflet left behind by the Maoists near Maqsood's body in which the rebels accused the threesome of raping, committing dacoity and collecting levy in the name of Maoists.

Confirming the incident, Garhwa SP Saket Kumar Singh said that though Maqsood's name figured in the police record, Manauwwar did not have any criminal antecedent. He said Manauwwar was an innocent man and that the police do not have any clue to why the rebels shot him dead.

According to sources, a group of about 25 Maoists raided the residences of Maqsood, Manauwwar and Imteyaz on Friday evening and held them captive. Later, they took them to a forest at Baghwar village where they shot dead Maqsood and slit his throat with some sharp-edged weapon.

The Maoists then severely thrashed Manauwwar and his elder brother Imteyaz as a result of which the former died on the spot while the latter sustained serious injuries, the sources said.

In another incident, suspected Maoists blew up a school building and set ablaze two dumpers, a truck and an auto-rickshaw in separate incidents in Chatra on Friday-Saturday midnight.

Police said that the Naxalites went on a rampage in different parts of the state, including Simdega, Ranchi, Chatra and Garhwa districts.

Sources said that around 50 armed Naxalites blew up a portion of the government middle school at Pratappur village in Chatra on Friday-Saturday midnight. The Naxalites targeted the school because it was often used by security forces conducting long-range patrolling in the area during night.

Chatra SP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said that a portion of the school building was blown up because security forces used the place for night stay during the just concluded Lok Sabha elections. The school was used as transit camp for around two months.

In Ranchi and Simdega districts, the rebels torched two dumpers, a truck and an auto-rickshaw as the vehicle drivers defied the 24-hour bandh call given by the PLFI in the state to protest the killing of their zonal commander and two cadres at the hands of the Gumla police early this month.

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