A group of Maoists allegedly shot down four members of one family in a Maoist dominated village in the Gaya district of Bihar on Saturday at 12.30 am. They later hung the dead bodies in a cowshed.
Among those who died were Satendra Bhokta, his wife Manorma Devi, his brother Mahendra Bhokta and his wife, Sunita Devi. The family were the residents of Maunwar village at Dumaria police station in Gaya district and are revealed to be related to Special police officer (SPO) Saryug Singh Bhokta.
Reportedly, the rebels blew up the houses of the deceased and also set a motorcycle on fire. They said that the attack was a consequence of passing information to CRPF and police. They were Amresh Sigh alias Tuntun Bhokta (Gaya), Shivpujan Yadav alias Pramod, Uday Paswan and Sita Bhuiyan on March 16.
Furthermore, they pasted a note on the door of the victim’s house where they referred to the deceased and accused the family of traitorous behaviour.
The Maoists had called the encounter that took place last year fake. They accused the owners of the house of poisoning the deceased. The police were called after they were dead, and a fictitious encounter was staged, they claimed.
It is the first kangaroo court of its kind, though similar attacks by the Maoists have also been reported.
Last year, in February, the suspected Maoists had blown up a school building, and in 2003, they blew up a police vehicle with 11 personnel in it in the Nawhatta police station area.