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Maoists gun down cop

Bokaro, Aug. 4: Armed Maoists shot dead a 42-year-old police chowkidar at Ravidas Tola in Gomia, about 67km from Bokaro steel city, last evening.

Mahesh Karmali’s killing came on the last day of “martys week” that the rebels had been observing since July 28. Local villagers said after killing Mahesh, the Maoists shouted slogans that those helping police would face a similar fate and then fled into the nearby jungles.

A chowkidar of Bermo police station, Mahesh was posted at Tirla panchayat in Gomia block. According to police, he was riding his motorcycle and slowed down near Gomia railway crossing at Ravidas Tola when the Naxalites suddenly appeared in front of him and pumped in three bullets from a very close range.

Though police were informed about the murder, they did not rush to the spot immediately out of fear that the Maoists might have laid a trap. They took two hours to sensitise the entire zone.

“This was an act of cowardice. Long-range patrolling has been stepped up in the zone,” Bokaro SP Jitendra Singh told The Telegraph.

This noon, a guard of honour was given to the slain chowkidar by Bermo SDO Rahul Kumar Sinha, who also announced compensations as per government rules and a job for Mahesh’s next of kin.

Rebel killed

Hazaribagh: A former sub-zonal commander of rebel faction Jharkhand Prastuti Committee, who recently joined the rival Tritiya Prastuti Committee, was shot dead on Monday. Mohammad Shamsher, alias Munna (35), was found dead in Dadhighaghar forests in Ichak.

Police said before dying, Munna named three persons in front of a few villagers, but they needed to verify the information first.