PATNA, Oct 2: Suspected Maoist rebels killed 16 villagers in eastern India, tying them up and then shooting them over an apparent land dispute, police and local residents said on Friday.
Deputy Superintendent Ajay Pandey said that more than 50 rebels raided the village in Bihar on Thursday night and singled out the members of three families.
“They woke them up, tied their hands and legs and gunned them down,” Mr Pandey said, adding that five children were among the 16 killed.
The attack was the result of a land dispute between two groups in Amausi Village.
“The Maoists were used by one group to kill the other to gain control over the agricultural land,” he said.
India’s Maoist insurgency, which started as a peasant uprising in 1967, has spread to 20 of the country’s 29 states and claimed more than 600 lives so far this year.—AFP