Eight members of a family, including five women and two young girls, were killed and burnt by the Maoists in a forested village of Kanker district, 320 km south of Raipur on Tuesday night.
The head of the family, Ramayan Vishwakarma (51) reported the gruesome killing to the police on Wednesday.
“Going by the report lodged by Vishwakarma, it appears to be a property dispute that led to the killings,” Kanker superintendent of police Ajay Yadav told Hindustan Times.
Vishwakarma accused his brother-in-law and some Maoist gram sabha (village committee) activists of having committed the crime, police said.
Vishwakarma stated in his complaint that a piece of agricultural land gifted to his wife by her parents was resented by her brother and led to a dispute. His brother-in-law, Shiv Uikey (48), a Maoist village committee activist, and his wife took the help of other Maoists to kill Vishwakarma’s family members, the complaint said.
Those killed include Vishwakarma’s mother Sukhmati (70), wife Baisakin (45), daughters Kaushalya (18), Pramila (12) son Ram Singh (25), Ram Singh’s wife Rajo (22), his daughters Santa (4) and Amrita (2).
The police did not rule out of the possibility of the Maoists killing the family on the suspicion that included police informers. A police team has been sent to the village to investigate the killing.