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Maoist couple found dead in Khunti
- No let-up in violence, Munda flays govt

Ranchi, June 4: The bullet-riddled bodies of a Maoist couple and their aide were recovered from a village in Khunti district, a day after chief minister Hemant Soren asked police not to merely concentrate on anti-Naxalite operations but also give due attention to the law and order scenario.

Dubraj Munda (25), who held a sub-zonal commander rank in the CPI(Maoist), wife Nagi Munda (24) and close associate Surya Munda (21) are suspected to have killed by fellow rebels because of an internal dispute within the outfit.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that the trio, hailing from nearby Bongaband village, were abducted elsewhere and shot dead in Jojohatu, around 40km from Ranchi, last night. Local villagers claimed to have heard gunshots around 10pm.

“We have begun investigations. It appears that they were killed due to a clash of interest within the Maoist fold,” said Khunti superintendent of police Anis Gupta.

In another incident, suspected Tritiya Prastuti Committee rebels are believed to have torched around a hundred bags of kendu leaves used to make bidis in the Majhiaon police station area of Garhwa district.

Garhwa SP S.K. Jha refused to confirm anything.

“We have neither recovered posters and pamphlets from the spot nor has any one specifically complained that any rebel outfit was behind the incident. Fires are common in forests,” he added.

As for the other non-rebel incidents, West Singhbhum police are yet to nab the three of the five youths involved in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Gua on June 2.

The victim, who worked as a domestic help in Gua Bazaar area, was on her way home with her elder sister in the evening when one Amit Guchhait offered them a lift on his motorcycle. Amit’s friend Bedana Mahali also joined them.

But the two took the sisters to a secluded place, where three more unidentified youths arrived. While the elder sister managed to escape, the younger girl was gang-raped.

The same day, a nurse was gang-raped by four persons in Ramgarh. The police arrested the culprits on Tuesday.

Criticising the present and its failure to stem violence in the state, Hemant’s predecessor and BJP leader Arjun Munda said: “No good can be expected from this government. No one is taking it seriously. Most of these incidents have taken place within a few hours after the chief minister pulled up the officials.”


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