Three days after the incident in Jharkhand’s Chatra district where ten members, including top zonal leaders of the outlawed CPI Maoist, were killed by a lesser-known group Tritiya Prastuti Committee, an audio tape has been released supposedly by Gopal’ji’ of the Bihar-Jharkhand-Uttari Chattisgarh Special Area Committee.
In the 5:36m long message, the speaker has shared his side of the story.
“On the 27th of March, our members from the PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerilla Army) were camping in Lakramanda Tola. They were subsequently encircled and fired upon by a team consisting of TPC members and the local police. (Mind you the tape does not mention CRPF) The firing lased from 3pm to 12 midnight, completing depleting our ammunition. That is when we surrendered.
Our senior leaders were then take hostage and assaulted. Some were killed by their heads being crushed under heavy stones and others were shot in cold blood. Around 25 members of that team surrendered. We fear for their lives.
Towards this, we shall observe April 6 and 7th as bandh in Bihar and Jharkhand and will avenge these deaths.”