Maoists kill schoolteacher, set mobile phone tower afire in Jharkhand

A group of Maoists dragged a schoolteacher from his house and shot him dead outside his village in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district on Friday night.

Published: 27th May 2017 06:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2017 06:18 PM   |  A+A-

Gun

For representational purpose | File photo

Express News Service

PATNA: A group of Maoists dragged a schoolteacher from his house and shot him dead outside his village in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district on Friday night.

The left wing rebels also set afire a mobile phone tower.

The victim, Kalicharan Mahto, in his late 40s, was killed apparently because the Maoists suspected him of being a police informer. The incident took place in Tiskopi village under Chatrochatti police station area in Gomia block, said police.

“Nearly 50 armed Maoists reached Mahto’s house and interrogated him, his wife and their teenage son for about an hour. They wanted to take Mahto and his son with them, but took only Mahto as his wife asked them to spare their son,” said a police official. Half an hour after Mahto left with the rebels, the sound of gunshots was heard. Villagers gathered the site an hour later and saw a profusely bleeding Mahto lying dead.

Before leaving the village, the Maoists set afire a mobile phone tower and threw several handbills in the area. The handwritten pamphlets warned the state government of severe consequences unless the recent MoUs signed with multinational corporations are cancelled, said police.

Hariaudh Karmali, the SHO of Chatrochatti police station, said raids were being conducted in nearby villages to nab the Maoists who murdered the schoolteacher.

The Maoists are currently observing a protest week (from May 25 to 31) in Jharkhand and have called for a daylong statewide shutdown in protest against what they call the state government’s “pro-capitalist, anti-poor” activities.

The schoolteacher’s murder is the third violent incident perpetrated by the leftwing rebels in Gomia block in the past three days. The rebels had set afire the Dumri Bihar railway station and the engine of a goods train there on Thursday night.

In a separate incident, three Maoists belonging to the Janmukti Morcha outfit were arrested at McCluskieganj in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district on Saturday. Police raided a hideout of the Maoists after getting a tip-off and managed to arrest three of the six who had assembled there, said Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi. The arrested Maoists were identified as Ritesh Kumar Thapa, Sunil Turi and Mohammad Zulfikar. A country-made gun, three live cartridges and pamphlets of the Maoist outfit were recovered from the arrested rebels, said police.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp