Killing of innocent people and road blockade are everyday affairs in Centre-ruled Jharkhand State
Naxal rebels gunned down four people, including a woman and a 12-year-old girl, after raiding a home on the outskirts of this Jharkhand capital early on Friday.
A group of about 20 armed Naxals attacked the home of Digambar Mahto in Bundu, about 45 km from here, at 1.30 a.m. Friday, police said.
The hurled a bomb and then shot dead a woman and two students who were living in the house as tenants. Mahto's 12-year-old daughter was also killed, while his younger daughter, 10, has been injured.
The injured girl has been admitted to a local hospital and her condition is said to be out of danger. "The mode of operation indicates that Naxal rebels executed the killing," said Arun Mathew, rural superintendent of police. The cause of the killing is yet to be ascertained.
In the last five days, Naxal guerrillas have killed six people, including two security personnel. The rebels have also blown up railway tracks at two places and have blasted three mobile phone towers in Jharkhand. Naxal guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Naxal-related violence in the last eight years.
Fri, Aug 28, 2009 / IANS
Four persons, including a girl and a woman, have been shot dead by suspected Maoists at naxal-infested Bundu, about 50 km from Ranchi on Thursday (August 27) night. "Two college students, a girl and a house wife were shot dead late last night. Empty cartridges found near the bodies point to maoists work," police superintendent Anup T Mathew said. All the bodies were taken away by the police, who are investigating the incident, he added.
This is the second attack in Bundu in 4 days. On Tuesday, Maoists set fire to 5 trucks near a dhaba on the highway connecting Ranchi with Jamshedpur.
The Prime Minister and Home Minister P Chidambaram has called the Naxal threat one of most serious internal security threats in the country, second only to cross border terrorism.
Manmohan Singh had said that there were indications that left wing extremists could be planning more offensives and admitted that the Naxal threat was 'a complex one'. He had added that challenges posed by asymmetric warfare and terrorism and the Naxal threat could only be met with new ideas.
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