Jharkhand police have stumbled upon a graveyard of Maoists in a forest on the border of Ranchi-Khunti districts during an operation and exhumed 14 mutilated bodies. The bodies were sent for forensic tests.
The graveyard was found two days ago on a hill at Marangburu-Mamile during a joint operation by the CRPF and the state police. ”The graveyard’s location suggests bodies of Maoists were buried there. In May, a Maoist camp was busted barely half-a-kilometre away,” said ASP Apoorva, who led the raids.
Police suspect several members of a squad led by Maoist south Chhotanagpur zonal committee commander Kundan Pahan were killed in the encounter and were buried by the rebels. For the last couple of months, Pahan’s squad has been moving in the forest. ”It is likely those killed in the encounter were from this squad,” said Apoorva.
Intelligence inputs suggested they were bodies of Maoists. ”No villagers will go 15 km on the hilly range to bury bodies that too in such large numbers. The presence of a Maoist camp near the graveyard and marks on each grave suggest these bodies of rebels,” said DGP G S Rath. Economic Times