Maoists posing as CRPF personnel killed six persons and abducted 11 from Bangalwa Kareili village in Munger district on Saturday.
Bihar DGP Neelmani said nearly 50 rebels in CRPF uniform and armed with AK-47 rifles, stormed the village, 200 km southeast of Patna, around 5am. The rebels, including women and children, dragged out the victims from their houses, tied their hands and shot them.
They also slit the throat of a victim during their two-hour raid. The massacre is suspected to be in retaliation for the arrest of Maoist spokesman Avinash from Munger last week. A villager said, “The Maoists suspected Avinash was arrested on a tip-off by our people.” Another villager said the rebels retreated towards a hill, taking 11 hostages when police approached the village.
Bangalwa Kareili does not have a police picket, despite a long-pending demand of the villagers. Police officials had to face the ire of villagers after reaching the site of the massacre. The DGP said heavy reinforcements led by Munger superintendent of police P Kanan had reached the spot and a combing operation was on to track down the rebels.