Dhanbad: Suspected Maoists killed a former Maoist turned “police informer” at Murkundo village under Dumri police station, about 40km from Giridih, on Monday evening. The ultras also alleged that the victim, Dinesh Hembram, would collect levy across the region in their name.
The victim, Dinesh Hembram (40), a shopkeeper of Murkundo was earlier associated with the CPI (Maoists) and had been jailed for his involvement in several Maoist-related incidents in Dumri areas a few years ago.
The incident took place at around 5 pm when villagers were watching a football match at the village ground on the occasion of Independence Day. A dozen Maoists arrived on motorcycles and started firing in the air. As people ran for cover, the Maoists dragged Hembram from his shop.
“Eyewitnesses said Hembram resisted for a few minutes before the Maoists slit his throat and fled,” said SP AB Variar. “In the red pamphlets left around the site, the ultras branded Hembram as a police informer and blamed him for collecting levy in the name of Maoists,” said Dumri SDPO AK Veenha.
In Jamshedpur, Security forces on Tuesday intensified combing operations in Bakrakocha forest area under Gurabanda police station area of Ghatshila following a Maoist encounter that took place on August 15.
Rebels opened fire on security personnel during the search operation on Tuesday. “The August 15 encounter lasted for about one hour. No casualties have been reported,” said Musabani deputy SP Ajit Kumar Vimal. Security personnel found detonators, can bombs, utensils and rebel outifts, among other items, after they busted a Maoist camp in the area.