Farmer killed in Maoist night raid

Over 30 armed Maoists, comprising women rebels, raided Khalari village around Friday midnight and shot dead farmer Reet Lal Yadav, 65, in Jamui district, about 100km from Munger divisional headquarters.

By Shri Krishna Prasad in Munger
  • Published 3.06.18
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A Maoist poster police seized from the murder spot. (Suraj)

Munger: Over 30 armed Maoists, comprising women rebels, raided Khalari village around Friday midnight and shot dead farmer Reet Lal Yadav, 65, in Jamui district, about 100km from Munger divisional headquarters.

"After the incident, Jamui police began search operations against Maoists in and around Khaira block-headquarters in Jamui district on Saturday morning with the help of SSB, CRPF and STF. The armed forces are proceeding towards the suspected hideouts of Maoists," Jamui superintendent of police (SP) Jagunatharaddy told The Telegraph.

"We have sent the body of the slain farmer to Jamui hospital for post-mortem. We will do our best to curb the fresh surge of Naxalite activities in the district," said the Jamui SP. "It becomes difficult for police to scan Maoists from common villagers."

"The 30 raiding Maoists first opened fire in the air and then asked the family members of Reet Lal Yadav to wake up and come out of their house. When all family members obeyed the command, Maoists, mostly women, shot dead Reet Lal before their eyes. While fleeing the spot, they dropped Naxalite literature and posters in which they termed Reet Lal "a police informer," Khaira police station house officer Daljeet Jha told The Telegraph.

"Reet Lal was a prosperous farmer and a known figure in the society. He had no enmity with anyone. But Maoists didn't like him. So they killed him brutally to instill fear psychosis among common villagers," said a villager, on condition of anonymity.

Haveli Kharagpur police in Munger district lodged an FIR on Friday against 60 named Maoists and 100 unknown Maoists in connection with the May 30 night raid and abduction of four workers of a constructio -company from the workplace of Kharagpur Lake in Munger. The police later recovered all abducted workers safely, according to SDPO (Kharagpur) Polast Kumar.