Inspector General (Operations) S K Bharadwaj said, "Around 100 people, suspected to be Maoists, armed with automatic weapons attacked the village Amosi Bharen Diara and fired indiscriminately late last night, killing 11 men and 5 children on the spot."
According to police, the cultivation on the disputed 30 bighas of land is said to be reason behind the attack on the victims belonging to backward caste.
When contacted ADG Headquarters Neelmani said that the attack was carried out on the villagers by the suspected naxalites with the intention of grabbing the land.
Neelmani said bodies have been kept at Morkahi police station from where it would be sent to a government hospital for post-mortem.
The victims, belonged to Amdaicharua village and had been living in the makeshift camps on the land for cultivation, he added.