Over 120 heavily-armed Maoists swooped down on Kasari village in Bihar’s Jamui district and fired indiscriminately, killing nine villagers and leaving 12 others injured, five of them critically.
The ultras stormed the village last night and burnt over 25 thatched houses and fired a hail of bullets killing the villagers.
The strike was said to be in retaliation against the recent killings of eight activists of the proscribed CPI (Maoist) allegedly by the villagers, according to leaflets left by the ultras at the spot.
The injured have been admitted to hospitals at Sikandra and Jamui, where condition of five persons was stated to be critical.
Maoists had given a three-day bandh call in eastern part of Bihar to protest the killing of their activists.The bandh ended last midnight.