Maoists have claimed responsibility for the murder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Sudesh Paswan in Bihar’s Dumaria.
The rebels claimed responsibility for the murder of the LJP leader and his brother, Sunil Paswan, in hand-written pamphlets scattered in the Dumaria area of Gaya district on Friday. The pamphlets purportedly written by Maoists said the deceased were police informers who harassed commoners and Maoist sympathisers, and that they were repeatedly warned.
“They did not make amends and had to face retaliatory action,” said the pamphlets, which also threatened others colluding with the police of dire consequences.
“Sudesh Paswan and Sunil Paswan are just examples,” it added. “There are many police informers and goons who have to be taken to task.”
The Maoist also accused former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP leader and Jamui MP Chirag Paswan and former MLC Anuj Singh of shedding crocodile tears over the incident.
Gaya police said it suspected Maoist hand in the double-murder but had not released details so as not to compromise the investigation. “The areas of Dumaria-Imamganj are Maoist-affected. From the spot where the Paswan brothers were killed, one can freely walk into Jharkhand and disappear in the forests. The Maoists picked their spot well,” a senior police official told HT on the condition of anonymity.
The brothers were killed on May 25 while campaigning in Gaya, around 180 km southwest of Patna. Sudesh’s wife Maya Rani was the Kachar panchayat head and was seeking re-election.
The police said six assailants on three bikes opened fire and killed the Paswans on the spot. Used cartridges of AK-47 rifles were found at the scene of the crime.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Mallik said notes purportedly by the Maoists were also left behind with the bodies. She said the Maoists dub their victims “police informers” to justify the killings.
Of the nine accused, only one, Ram Chandra Yadav, has been arrested on the complaint of the LJP leader’s wife. LJP leaders, including Chirag Paswan, have demanded President’s Rule in the state in view of rising crime.