Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Naxals gun down former Jharkhand minister, 4 others

Repeate this all in left running states such as Kerala and Bengal


Naxalites on Wednesday shot dead Janata Dal United (JDU) MLA and former Jharkhand Minister, Ramesh Singh Munda. Two of his bodyguards, a party colleague and a student were also killed in the attack that was carried out when Munda was delivering his speech at a school function at Bundu, which is located in his assembly constituency Tamar—50 kms from Jharkhand capital Ranchi.
The Jharkhand police spokesman, DIG RK Mallick confirmed Munda’s death. He said Naxalites opened fire from close range. Munda was delivering his speech at the school when 15 Maoists reached the function and sprayed bullets at him.

Munda was also the JDU leader in the Jharkhand assembly. He is the third top politician in Jharkhand after JMM MP Sunil Mahto and CPI-ML MLA Mahendra Singh, who have been killed by the Maoist rebels in Jharkhand.

In 2005, the Jharkhand special branch had accused Ramesh Singh Munda (then a minister in the Arjun Munda government) of hobnobbing with the Maoist rebels for their support in the assembly polls. Most recently, in March this year Munda had received a threatening SMS.

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