Suspected Maoist rebels raided Korasi village in Jamui district, around 210 km from Patna, early Thursday and killed at least 11 people. The attack was apparently carried out to avenge the suspected killing of eight Naxals by the villagers. Police have so far denied any arrest in the case.
Over 150 Moists attacked the village on suspicion that the villagers were police informers and they were involved in the killing of eight of their cadres, who have gone missing. They started indiscriminate firing and set fire to several thatched huts, said IG (Headquarters) US Dutt.
The attack took place during the 24-hour bandh call given by the CPI-Maoist Jamui- Munger-Bhagalpur-Banka sub-committee against the alleged disappearance of eight of their cadres, including platoon commander and section commanders, passed off peacefully.
CPI-Maoist spokesperson Avinash said that eight cadres of the Maoists had gone missing since January 31 from Korasi village.
This is the second biggest Maoist attack attack during the Nitish regime. Last year, 14 persons were killed by Maoists at a village under Alauli block of Khagaria district. Police have started massive combing operation in the area. The village is located at remote place.
The attack has come just a day after Bihar police said it would not like to carry out aggressive police operation against the Maoists. However, the Naxals have been reportedly upset with the arrest of nearly 50 top-ranking Naxal leaders and recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunition in Bihar in the last 12 months.
In Bihar 33 of the 40 police districts are Naxal-infested, with 20 of them categorized in A-category due to higher vulnerability. In the wake of Naxal attack at West Midnapur district in West Bengal, which claimed the lives of 24 policemen, Dutt had on Wednesday said that the police was on maximum alert.