At least seven people have been killed by suspected Maoist guerrilas in two separate incidents in Bihar, police said Monday.
A group of armed Maoists shot dead four members of a family late Sunday night at Kohbarba Rasulpur village in East Champaran district, about 250 km from here, said District Superintendent of Police NH Khan.
"Armed Maoists first surrounded the village, attacked the house of an affluent farmer, and exploded it with dynamites. Later, they set ablaze a tractor and motorcycles. They killed four people," police officials said.
Last week, the Maoists threatened the farmer's family of dire consequences for failing to pay protection money to them.
In another incident, Maoists killed three farmers at Maheshwari village in Jamui district Sunday.
"Maoists slit their throats," a police official said.
Security forces have been deployed in the two villages.