Suspected Maoists hacked an employee of a construction firm at Belkhori village under Chakai police station of Naxal-affected Jamui district, 160 kms south-east of Patna, late on Sunday evening.
The deceased, whose head was severed, has been identified as Sanjay Pandey, a ‘munshi’ (accountant) with Raj Kumar Constructions. He was a resident of Barahiya in Lakhisarai district of Bihar.
The local firm was engaged in the construction of rural road from Harni to Chetuwa villages, a stretch of 7 kms (approx.), under Pojha panchayat of Chakai block .
Jamui police claimed to have recovered Maoist literature from the scene of the crime. One such leaflet said those executing government plans with the help of police, and without obtaining Maoist permission, would meet similar fate.
The recovery of pamphlet points to the CPI (Maoists) owning up the killing, the police said.
Inspector general of police, Bhagalpur zone, Sushil M Khopde said the crime site was close to Giridih district in neighbouring Jharkhand state.
Locals attributed the killing to levy demanded by the Maoists. However, Jamui superintendent of police Jayant Kant said, “We are trying to ascertain if the firm had received any levy demand in the past.”
The matter was reported to the police on Monday morning.
Earlier, on January 12 this year, two employees of a road construction company were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Derni police station area of Saran district, around 80 km north-west of Patna.
The employees belonged to Shrishti Development Private Limited, engaged in road construction from Derni to Dighwara villages, a 12 km (approx.) stretch.