'Police mole' killed

Maoists slit the throat of a 30-year-old man suspecting him to be a police informer and dumped his body on a road linking Bhelwaghati in Giridih with Chakai in Bihar's Jamui district on Tuesday morning.

By Our Special Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 20.06.18
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Ranchi: Maoists slit the throat of a 30-year-old man suspecting him to be a police informer and dumped his body on a road linking Bhelwaghati in Giridih with Chakai in Bihar's Jamui district on Tuesday morning.

Hand-written Maoist pamphlets found close to the body of Binod Barnwal (30) said the deceased had paid the price for being a police informer. The rebels also warned other informers of meeting the same fate if they continued helping police.

The spot, on the outskirts of Madwa village in Deori thana area of Giridih district, is around 75km from the district headquarters and 250km from here.

According to preliminary inquiries by police, the deceased was a native of Bhelwaghati thana area and used to sell shoes in villages on his motorcycle, which was also found close to the body.

Sources said Barnwal had left home on Monday night to meet someone after receiving a call on his mobile phone. Barely 12 hours later, local residents saw his body lying on the road with his throat slit by a sharp weapon.

"As per our records, he wasn't a police informer. In fact, he never came to any of the nearby thanas to report anything. Special Branch officials also denied having ever availed Barnwal's services," Deori thana officer-in-charge Kedarnath Prasad said.

Another police officer conducting inquiries, however, said since Barnwal frequented various villages, including the ones in dense forest areas to sell shoes, Maoists might have mistook him as a police mole who passed on information about their movements.

Body found

The decomposed body of an unidentified woman aged arou-nd 35 years was found in a drain in Sadar thana area of Palamau district on Tuesday. Police said she was possibly killed two to three days ago and her body later dumped in the drain.

"Since she had vermilion on her head, it's likely that she was a married Hindu woman. She might have been strangulated to death since a piece of cloth was tied around her neck and her tongue had popped out. Autopsy would confirm whe-ther she was raped before murder," Sadar thana officer-in-charge Mamta Kumari said.

Kumari said so far nobody had come to claim her body and there was no complaint of a missing woman lodged at her thana in the last few days.