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Maoists kill Congress leader in Jharkhand

Simdega (Jharkhand): A local Congress leader was shot dead by the CPI(Maoists) in Lumbatoli village while a former Congress MLA was threatened in Simdega district.

The victim, Hemant Bage, also the brother-in-law of Sub Divisional Officer of Simdega S Bhuiyan, was on way to his in-laws’ place when a group of Maoists intercepted his vehicle and shot him dead, Sub-divisional Police Officer (Simdega), Varun Kumar said on Monday.

Kumar said the Maoists than set the vehicle on fire along with the body of Bage. Police recovered the half burnt vehicle as well as Bage’s body on Monday.

Kumar said the Maoists left behind posters owning responsibility for the crime. Police have launched a massive search operation in the area to track down the Maoists.

A former Congress MLA, Neol Tirkey of Tamra village, was on Sunday threatened by the Maoists.

Police on Monday recovered posters from the village cautioning Tirkey not to speak against the Maoists or support Operation Green Hunt and not to carry out development projects.

Earlier, the CPI (Maoists) had ordered Congress party leaders and workers in Jharkhand, including those of Palamu district Congress committee to snap ties with the party or face the consequences.

The Maoists had gunned down the Dalbhumgarh Block President of Congress, Gobardhan Mahali in Dalbhumgarh under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum district on March 30.

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