Maoist rebels blow up RJD leader’s Jharkhand home

October 18th, 2008 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Oct 18 (IANS) Maoist rebels have blown up the ancestral house of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Suresh Yadav in Jharkhand’s Latehar district and assaulted his family members, police said Saturday. Around 100 rebels belonging to the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) surrounded Yadav’s house in Hotwag village in Latehar, around 170 km from here, and blew it up late Friday night, a police official said.

The rebels used detonators and beat up the family members, the official said. A car parked outside the house was also set on fire.

The RJD leader was not at home at the time of the attack, but four of his family members were assaulted. The injured have been admitted to hospital, police said.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of Jharkhand’s 24 districts. In the last seven years, more than 1,300 people, including civilians and Maoist rebels, have been killed in the continuing violence.

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