Sunday, March 4, 2007

Attack on MP

A MP of JMM (jharkhand Mukti Morcha was shot dead today in Jharkhand state of India by suspected Maoist.
Following is a report published by a local kolkata newspaper.
The author of this blog does not necessarily subscribe to the views and terminologies used in the article.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP from Jamshedpur Mr Sunil Mahato was among five gunned down by suspected Maoists at Kishanpur-Bakuria near Galudih, close to Ghatshila, this afternoon.
The four others who also died are local JMM leader Prabhakar Mahato, an unidentified villager and two Jharkhand Armed Police personnel, Sahadeb Chhetri and Debraj Rai, who were the MP’s bodyguards. Five others, who were also injured in the attack, have been admitted to the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur.
The JMM has called a day-long bandh in Jharkhand tomorrow to protest against the MP’s murder, The bandh call has been supported by the Congress, Left parties, the RJD as well as the BJP and the JD-U.
Mahato, one of the four JMM members in the Lok Sabha, was a first timer in the Lower House. He had been associated with the party for over two decades.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter. ‘’The career of an upcoming political leader has been cut short by the frustrated elements. But the perpetrators will not succeed in their violence,’’ JMM general secretary Mr Prashant Mandal said.
Police sources said preliminary investigation revealed that women cadres of a Maoist outfit were behind the pre-planned attacks. Mr Pankaj Darad, superintendent of police, Jamshedpur, said: “The MP, Sunil Mahato, and his two bodyguards were brought dead to Tata Main Hospital after they sustained bullet injuries.”
Police said that Mahato had gone to attend a Holi Milan Sabha in a remote village, Kishanpur-Bakuria, about 8 km from Galudih and located along the West Bengal-Jharkhand border. He was invited to a prize distribution ceremony at a local football match there.
The MP was watching the football match when the attack took place. Police said that he was surrounded by commandos but the extremists attacked him from behind. The suspected Maoists suddenly fired on Mahato from close range. When the MP’s bodyguards tried to resist, they were also shot at.
When other security personnel rushed to his rescue, the MP and his two bodyguards were found lying in a pool of blood. Soon after the attack, the MP’s vehicle was set on fire by the extremists. The attackers escaped amid the commotion.
The chief minister, Mr Madhu Koda, tonight said after a high-level meeting that he would ask the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the killings.
The Centre has sought a report from the Jharkhand government by tomorrow and assured it of all assistance to deal with the situation. The Governor has summoned the chief minister to Raj Bhavan tomorrow.
Today’s killing is the second major Maoist attack in the state over the past two weeks. About two weeks ago, Ashok Kumar Gupta, personal secretary of Chatra’s RJD MP Dhirendra Agarwal, was also shot dead allegedly by Maoists near Satbaroa.

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