Ranchi, June 18: Suspected Maoists shot dead a young para-teacher and his mother — both sympathisers of PLFI, a breakaway CPI(Maoist) faction — at Dumaria village, 140km from the capital, in Simdega district last night.
The bodies of 20-year-old Pradeep Misra and mother Sujata Misra (55) were found in the Bano police station area some 40km from the district headquarters around 11pm.
SP Durga Oraon said though no rebel group had claimed responsibility, it appeared to be a case of faction feud.
According to a local resident, a group of Maoists picked up Pradeep from his home and dragged him into the forest. “His mother rushed to his rescue and was first shot dead. The rebels then took Pradeep deeper inside the forest and fired around eight rounds,” the villager said.
While Sujata’s body was recovered from Kumbhi Dhodha, her son’s body was found in Mahto Tola. “The distance between the two spots is about 1.5km,” another villager said.
A police team from Bano reached Dumaria in the morning and sent the bodies for post-mortem.
An officer said it appeared to be a case of faction killing. “Primary investigations suggest that the para-teacher and his family were PLFI sympathisers. We suspect members of the CPI(Maoist) killed the mother-son duo to demoralise those who side with the PLFI,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Maoist aide, Jitendra Munda, was arrested with pamphlets against Operation Greenhunt from Salgadih under Tamar police station area of Ranchi district.