BeyondHeadlines Staff reporter
Patna: Maoist rebels gunned down six and abducted seven villagers in Munger District in Bihar suspected them of being police informers, the police said today early morning.
According to Bihar state police chief Neelmani, who uses only one name, the attackers were in the uniforms of Indian paramilitary soldiers to avoid detection by the police. Nearly 50 armed Maoists attacked Bangalwa Kareli Village, about 200 km from Patna, early on Saturday. Five people were killed on the spot while one sustained serious injuries and later, he scummed to injuries in a hospital.
They later fled on two tractors. Inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, the rebels have fought the Indian government for more than four decades. They have tapped into anger among the rural poor over being left out of the country’s economic gains.
The rebels demand land and jobs for the poor and often target government forces.
Security has been tightened in the village and top district officials are camping there. Munger is considered a Maoist stronghold.