Hunt on for Naxalite who killed former Jharkhand CM’s son(Lead:Marandi’s son)

November 14th, 2007 - 2:56 am ICT by admin  
“We condemn this attack. Whosoever is responsible, strict action will be taken against them. We are in touch with the Jharkhand Government. We are trying to stop such incidents from happening in the future at any cost,” Jaiswal said.

Sixteen people, including son Anup Marandi, were killed by Maoists at Chilkhadia village in Jharkhand’s Giridih District at around 1.00 a.m.

According to eyewitnesses, about 50 Maoists, including 12 women, raided a village during a cultural programme.

Deputy Inspector General of Police R K Mullick said the incident occurred during a cultural programme when heavily armed naxalites attacked and opened indiscriminate fire on the gathering.

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Arun Kumar Singh said, “About 30 Naxalites had mingled with the crowd during the cultural programme organised by Nunulal.”

While Marandi’s son Anup was killed on the spot, his brother Nunulal managed to escape unhurt.

Four injured, including two women, are undergoing treatment at Giridih hospital.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda also condemned the killing of Anup Marandi.

“It is a sad incident, in which Anup Marandi was killed. Such attacks and earlier ones were in retaliation of police action against them. In last few months, police has arrested a number of Naxals and destroyed their bunkers, training camps,” Koda said.

Koda, who had spoken to Marandi, will also visit the village.

The Government announced Rs 1 lakh compensation for the families of all those who were killed.

Earlier in the day, Marandi blamed the Central and State Government for the attack and said his family was being targeted.

“I would say that today in the state and in the country such incidents occur at their (Naxalites) own will. It feels as if the government has no control over them. Yesterday’s incident is a clear indication that my family is being targeted and that’s why my brother and son were attacked,” he said.

Earlier this year, the General Secretary of the Jharkhand Mukti MorchaJMM) and Lok Sabha MP from Jamshedpur Sunil Mahato had been killed by Naxalities about 40 km from Ranchi while attending a football match.

The Maoists looted the weapons held by the lawmaker’s bodyguards and fired at them before torching Mahato’s car.

Jharkhand is one of the 13 states hit by the Maoist insurgency that began more than three decades ago.

The Naxals say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers and attack security forces, government officials, politicians and state property.

According to Home Ministry, 76 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are ‘badly affected by Maoist violence’. (ANI)

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