An eerie si­lence in Suki af­ter Red re­venge

BRU­TAL Scared lo­cals are re­signed to the four walls of their homes, even as po­lice re­in­force­ments have turned the en­tire vil­lage into a vir­tual fort. The vil­lage lanes and by-lanes are nearly de­serted

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Ra­jesh Ku­mar Thakur

SUKI (VAISHALI): An eerie si­lence pre­vails in Suki vil­lage, about 45 km north of the dis­trict head­quar­ters, fol­low­ing the bru­tal mur­ders of Patepur’s deputy chief of the block and his son late on Fri­day night by armed CPI (Maoists) guer­ril­las.

Such is the ten­sion here that no one would speak to vis­it­ing me­dia teams on Satur­day. Peo­ple are re­signed to the four walls of their homes, even as po­lice re­in­force­ments have turned the vil­lage into a vir­tual fort.

The vil­lage lanes and by-lanes wore de­serted looks, even street dogs dis­tanc­ing from strangers and at po­lice foot­falls.

It needed im­mense per­sua­sion to fil­ter and re­con­struct the in­ci­dent.

Eye­wit­nesses told HT, that the Red squad ringed the vil­lage. Nearly 40 gueril­las then took up van­tage de­fen­sive po­si­tions, iso­lated the home of Umesh Singh, 52, while keep­ing up steady fir­ing in the air and ex­ploded bombs to de­ter his co-vil­lagers from com­ing to his res­cue. Singh’s hands and legs were chopped and his body was dragged quite a dis­tance, be­fore they came for his son, Ku­nal Bharti, 30, who was shot. The Maoists came on mo­tor­cy­cles and the op­er­a­tion ended in 20 min­utes. The re­treat­ing Maoists also blew up a por­tion of Singh’s newly built house, us­ing dy­na­mites.

“They used hand held hail­ers to an­nounce that they had come to teach Singh a les­son and had no en­mity with any other vil­lager. The vil­lagers were ad­vised to keep to their homes and not ven­ture out”.

Vil­lagers say, “There seemed to be no rea­son for the at­tack. Singh was not an ex­ploiter of the poor ei­ther on caste lines or any other. He had snapped links with one In­dra Mo­han Singh alias Bigul, who had a tainted past and was gunned down re­cently near Khabra vil­lage by the Maoists.”

Sig­nif­i­cantly, vil­lagers claimed, “The Maoists had pasted posters and the po­lice were com­mu­ni­cated the de­vel­op­ment. Had night pa­trolling been taken up, the in­ci­dent could have been averted,” said one.

With the si­lence of the morgue pre­vail­ing, no vil­lager ven­tured out to visit the vic­tim fam­ily. It was left to DIG Tirhut Sushil Khopde to call in heavy re­in­force­ments and lift the bod­ies for post mortem.

Of­fi­cially, Patepur ar­eas un­der which Suki falls has been des­ig­nated a hy­per-ac­tive Maoist area and four vil­lages are ‘out­side po­lice con­trol’ and fully un­der the Reds to such an ex­tent, that even day time raids are not car­ried out.

Khopde said, ex­plo­sive ma­te­rial was col­lected from the site of oc­cur­rence along with used car­tridge shells by the FSL ex­perts, who were sum­moned early morn­ing on Satur­day. “The po­lice had seized some posters in which ul­tras had spelt out the rea­son for killing. The vic­tims were branded as sym­pa­thiz­ers of feu­dal forces,” said the DIG, adding, the dead had no crim­i­nal records.

The post­mortem was con­ducted by three doc­tors at Ha­jipur Sadar hospi­tal and the last rites were per­formed amid tight po­lice se­cu­rity at Ha­jipur’s Kaun­haraghat.

(Clock­wise from top) The poster left be­hind by Maoists af­ter the at­tack; an­gry lo­cals protest against po­lice in­ac­tion and the de­bris of block deputy chief’s house af­ter the dy­na­mite blast.

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