| Family members of Ajay Koda mourn his death at Dhabatar village on Saturday. Picture by Amit Kumar |
Jamui, March 29: A villager was found dead with his throat slit this morning, hours after Maoists had abducted him and four others from Dhabatar village, around 40km from here.
The abduction and murder comes less than a fortnight before Jamui goes to Lok Sabha election on April 10 with police claiming adequate central paramilitary forces at its disposal. According to sources, around 30 armed Naxalites raided Dhabatar, located on the Lachuar foothills, around 10.15pm last night. One Sona Yadav managed to escape while a few hours later the rebels set Umesh Yadav, Rabindar Koda and Khublal Koda free. But the villagers recovered the body of Ajay Koda (27) in an adjacent forest with his throat slit.
Jamui superintendent of police Jitendra Rana said the police suspected CPI(Maoist) zonal commander Sidhu Koda’s direct involvement in the incident.
All five were from Phoolwaria Kodasi village, around 4km from Dhabatar under Sikendar police station.
Phoolwari Kodasi has been under the Naxalite scanner since the February 8, 2010, incident in which the villagers killed eight Maoists, captured their weapons and three motorcycles. In retaliation, the rebels murdered 11 people, including infant Ramashish and another person being burnt alive on February 17, 2010. The entire village — located near the border of Tisri police station of Maoist-hit Giridih in Jharkhand — was set on fire by the banned outfit also.
Soon after the incident, the villagers migrated from Phoolwari Kodasi out of fear but there were several instances when the Maoists had attempted on their lives in the past four years.
According to sources, the rebels raided Dhabatar last night for taking revenge on Pintu Roy, one of the masterminds of the February 8, 2010, ambush. Pintu and his associates were enjoying a feast at the house of one Mangal Koda at Dhabatar last night when the rebels swooped on the village. Pintu somehow managed to escape amid the 15-18 rounds exchange of fire between the rebels and his supporters, said R. Paswan, Sikendar police station house officer.
Maoists earlier held Baldev Koda, Lakshman Koda and Pintu as masterminds for the February 8, 2010, attack and asked the villagers to hand over the three to them. Pintu lost his father and brother in the February 17, 2010, Maoist retaliation. Ajay, killed last night, was the son of Lakshman Koda, one of the main suspects of the rebels in the February 8, 2010, ambush.
The outfit assigned Sidhu for taking revenge on the Koda community because of the 2010 incident, SP Rana said.