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Maoists ‘avenge’ teacher killings

Ranchi, Aug. 21: The CPI(Maoist) rebels slit the throat of one Amit Singh, the main accused in the sensational abduction and murder of a headmaster and his sister, in Ghaghra of Gumla district late last evening.

Maoist area commander Birbal, through a note found at the spot, claimed that the deceased had been taken to task to give justice to the bereaved family, even as state director-general of police Rajeev Kumar termed it as propaganda by Naxalites to mislead the common people.

The Maoist leader also argued that the organisation had unnecessarily been targeted for the gruesome killings.

Amit, a resident of Kotam village, was apparently dragged out of his house and killed by the rebels. His body was found on the outskirts of the village with his legs and hands tied with ropes, just the way middle school headmaster Prakash Toppo and his sister Saroj Toppo, also a teacher, were killed about a fortnight ago.

Sources said Amit had allegedly masterminded the double murders that had triggered widespread protests by government teachers in different parts of the district.

Though the police had arrested three persons suspected to be involved in the case, the prime suspect, Amit, had remained at large.

Now, the police have intensified their offensive against the rebels.

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