Palamau District (Jharkhand) Oct : Maoists have killed a villager in Jharkhand’s Palamau District.
According to district police officials, Kameshwar Bhuiya was attacked and killed by at least 10 to 15 Maoists at around 9 p.m.on Sunday.
Assistant Superintendent of Police P Murugan said a case has been registered, but the Maoists had fled from the area.
Bhuiya was killed by Maoists in Bhuiya Tola of Hazaribagh village which comes under the Hariharganj police station,” said Murugan.
A relative of the deceased villager, Babu Lal, said that he was killed by the Maoists while trying to save the lives of two villagers.
The rebels, also known as Naxals, have fought for decades in a wide swath of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions where tensions run high between poor farmers and industrial developers.
The Maoist insurgents are estimated to number between 6,000 and 8,000 hardcore fighters in nearly a third of India’s 630 districts. While they have made few inroads into cities, they have spread into rural pockets in 20 of 28 states.
Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Thousands have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India’s biggest internal security challenge. (ANI)