Four persons have been killed by Maoists in separate incidents in Jharkhand's Giridih district, a senior police officer said.
Armed Maoists kidnapped villagers Mansur Ansari, Gulam Ansari and Mateen Ansari from their homes at Haladih-Betiatand village and shot them dead last night, police spokesman S N Pradhan said.
The Maoists supected that the four had tipped-off the police which led to last month's killing of their self-styled area commander Kawang, in an encounter with the pollice, Pradhan said and added the trio were never known to the police.
In a similar incident at Gopilo village under Saria police station, a separate group of Maoists last night abducted Keshav Yadav from his residence and bludgeoned his head with a stone, the police officer said.
All the bodies were recovered this morning.
This is the fifth killing by the Naxalites in about a week. A few days ago the extremists had killed another villager on same charge.