Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Maoists gun down 7 J'khand villagers

Manohar Lal, TNN 8 September 2009, 03:29am IST

RANCHI: Maoists gunned down seven persons in Ranchi and Latehar districts within a span of a few hours.

Within days of killing four people, including a minor girl in Ranchi's Bundu area on August 27, around 25 of them stormed into Pundidiri village under Tamar police station in Ranchi district around 10.30 pm on Sunday.

Villagers were fast asleep when the Maoists in uniform came to the village. They abducted five villagers from their houses and killed them outside the village, suspecting them to be supporters or workers of Jharkhand Liberation Tiger, a breakaway faction of the Maoists.

They knocked at the door of Subodh Paramanik (45), a petty contractor of NREGA, and took him away. "Only the sound of their footsteps rent the air as they moved around, knocking at the doors of their targeted enemies," said Mukul Munda, a villager.

The Maoists also took away Amit Patar and Sanju Patar, both in their thirties, Prahlad Sahu (35) and farmer Gaur Singh Munda (30) from their homes. With their hands tied, they were brought near a culvert and shot dead from point-blank range.

Incidentally, this was the same spot where deputy superintendent of police Pramod Kumar and five other policemen were killed in a landmine blast on June 30 last year. SSP Praveen Kumar, however, said the five killed were suspected to be police informers by the Maoists.

The rebels also killed Sajjad Khan and Dinesh Dusadh at Chutwag village in Latehar district on Monday afternoon. Superintendent of police Kuldeep Dwivedi said forces have been rushed to the dense forest area where the killings took place.

Maoist Mayhem

* Sept 7: 5 villagers killed in Bundu area of Ranchi district

* Sept 4: Barahatu police picket attacked; no casualty though

* Aug 27: Four people, including a minor girl, killed in Bundu town

* Aug 26: A villager killed and a cop injured in an attack on a CRPF camp at Nawadih in Bundu

* Aug 25: Four vegetable-laden trucks set afire on NH-33 in Bundu

* Aug 17: Maoists open fire on a jeep, kill a 6-year-old girl in Bundu

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