4 people killed, house torched in Maoist attack in Bihar

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Motihari, Nov 17 (UNI) At least four members of a family were killed and their house torched by the Maoist guerillas at Rasulpur village in this bordering East Champaran district of Bihar last night.

Police here today said a group of about 60 heavily armed insurgents, including some from women cadres, raided the house of affluent local farmer Jagli Rai at around 0200 hrs and after setting ablaze the house from outside, shot his two grandsons dead.

When the family protested, the guerillas also beat Rai's sons, identified as Kamaldeb and Kapildeb Rai, to death.

Before escaping into the dark, the extremists also set fire to several tractors and vehicles parked outside the house and fired several rounds in the air to scare the villagers.

On being informed, a contingent of police arrived at the remote village, situated about 60 km from the district headquarters here, this morning and launched a massive search to nab the ultras. They also sealed all exit points of the district but none could be arrested so far, the police added.

A case had also been lodged in the local police station in this connection.

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