Maoist gunned down by rival faction in Palamau

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Medininagar (Jharkhand), Feb 27 (PTI) A Maoist hasbeen shot dead by a rival group at Barwahi village in Palamaudistrict, the police said here today.

A splinter group of the banned Tritiya PrastuityCommittee (TPC) took away Ajay Kurmi, the self-styled CPI(Maoist) zonal commander, and his associate Vinod Mehta, fromthe latter''s residence under Bishrampur police station lastnight, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sudarshan Mandal,told newsmen here.

The assailants gunned down Kurmi while letting offMehta after beating him up severely, he added.

The body was recovered during the day and a note leftnear it claimed responsibility and the killers identifiedthemselves belonging to ''TSPC'', a breakaway group of TPC.

Kurmi was active on the borders of Palamau and Chatra,the police officer said.

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