Naxalites shoot man dead in Chhattisgarh
Naxalites shot dead a man in village Chunchuna under the Samri police station
in Balrampur district, about 400 km from here in north Chhattisgarh on Thursday
A police team led by
Balrampur SP Sadanand arrived at Sabag, about 20 km from the village where the
body of the deceased was brought by the villagers. The body was returned to
them after autopsy. Police did not go to the spot of the murder at this
juncture because of security problem, as the area is almost inaccessible with
no roads and the Naxalites had laid an ambush on the way.
SP Sadanand Kumar said that
the deceased has been identified as Md Asim Ansari (48). His wife Maltibai is
the sarpanch of the village panchayat of Chunchuna. This village, and the
neighbouring Pudang lie along the borders of Chhattisgarh. Moreover, these
villages lie about 170 km from the district headquarters. Beyond these
villages, right across the Budha hill, lies Jharkhand. The nearest police post
here is at Samri in Chhattisgarh, which is 30 km away and there is hardly an
approach road. The region is almost totally isolated, said Kumar.
Occasional movement of
Naxalites from Latehar in Jharkhand into these areas have been reported in the
past. Each time the police launch a search, the Naxalites cross over to
Jharkhand. The whole area is densely forested and mostly inaccessible.
Kumar said about a
fortnight ago Naxalites had demanded sugar, rice, other rations and money and
had also solicited at least ten youths from the village to join their ranks.
Ansari, however, chose to ignore their demands.
On Thursday night, a
group of about a dozen armed Naxalites came to the village at around 11pm. They
were led by Bada Vikas, who is the sub-zonal commander and Bhanu Khairwar, who
is the area commander, said Kumar. They woke up Ansari and took him away with
them. His wife then raised an alarm and woke up the villagers, but they were
threatened by Naxalites if they followed.
The Naxalites while
taking Ansari along with them kept on beating him, saying that he was a police
informer. They shot him twice some distance away from the village and fled into
The villagers informed
the police about the murder on Friday morning. A police team led by Kumar,
Balrampur SDM and a doctor went up to Sabag, 20 km from the village as the
villagers had brought the body there.
Samri police station
in-charge Saurabh Singh, who was also part of the police team, informed TOI
that apart from injury marks, Asim's body also had two bullet wounds; one in
the head and another on the back. The wound appeared to have been inflicted by
a 315-bore cartridge.
further informed that it is after a decade that Naxalite violence has been
reported in the region. About a decade ago, three-four murders were committed
by Naxalites in the area. At that time, the Naxalites had waited an ambush for
the police party to arrive. This time too, they had planted some IEDs on the
way, which is essentially a dirt road, said Kumar adding that the villagers had
informed police about the IEDs and had asked them to come up to Sabag, where
they arrived with Asim's body.
Asked about further
action to be taken by the administration, Kumar spoke of "revenge."
He added the villagers have no sympathy for the Naxalites, a fact proven by the
stand taken by Asim. The Naxalites did have a significant presence here about a
decade ago, though.
October 8, 2015 was a
milestone for the villages of Chunchuna and Pudang in Balram district, about
400 km from here, as it was for the first time after independence that any
official of the district administration reached the villages.
The SP said the
villages are almost completely isolated for lack of any approach road and very
rough terrain. The villagers had voluntarily had constructed a dirt road to the
village recently. On October 8, 2015, district collector Alex Paul Menon, SP
Kumar and other officials of the district administration had visited the
village along with PDS rations. It was the first time that the villages got
their PDS ration at the village itself. It was this supply of ration that the
Naxalites had their eye on, and had made their demands accordingly. Asim chose
to ignore their demand and eventually paid with his life.
Kumar also said that
after the villagers constructed a dirt road to the village, the construction of
a road was sanctioned and soon tenders for the same would be floated.