Maoists burn youth alive for refusing to support them
Because of Maoist fear and terror, it took three months for Bhola Sukalu (name changed) to gather courage for lodging a complaint against the rebels who reportedly burnt his elder brother alive suspecting him as a police informer and not cooperating with the rebels.
The incident occurred at Narayanpur district, in the village Killam about 350 km south of Raipur, sometime around Holi festival this year.
Raisingh Baghel (38) was picked by the guerillas from his in-laws residence at Kankerbeda where he had gone to celebrate Holi. “My brother was captured and brought to his farmland at Killam village where the Naxalites organised a jan-adalat (people's court). He was charged as the police informer. We were asked not to be present during the jan adalat. His hands were tied and was brutally battered till he admitted of being the informer. He was burnt alive by Naxals”, Bhola said.
Raisingh opposed offering any support to Naxals and refused to provide them free food grains. “He didn’t hesitate to declare his feelings against the Naxals even publicly and invited their wrath. He was warned by the rebels in January, not to antagonize them”, Preet Pal Singh, incharge of Narayanpur police station where the complaint was registered told Hindustan Times.
Singh informed that the tribal family of Baghel and other villagers were warned by the Maoist not to report the incident to the police. “His younger brother visited Narayanpur police station and narrated the incident. His complaint has been registered”, Singh added.
Baghel family included five brothers who worked jointly in their 52 acres agriculture land. Maoists visited Killam to demand food grains from the villagers. Raigsingh, second youngest among the brothers, remained unwilling to meet the demands of naxalites.
“The region where the jan adalat was held is highly sensitive and remains the epicentre of Maoists. Owing to their warning and terror none of the villagers could dare to lodge a police report about the incident. The fear-stricken younger brother of Raisingh came to us after three months”, Shashi Mohan Singh, additional SP, Narayanpur told HT.