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Woman held for killing Jain leader

    Dhanbad (Jharkhand), October 26, 2012: Giridih police on Friday arrested a woman on the charges of killing the general manager of Bharat Varshiya Digambar Jain Tirth Kshetra Samiti, P C Sharma, at Madhuban in Pirtand on October 7 morning. Police also find involvement of Maoist in the gruesome murder of the Jain sect leader.

    Giridih SP A V Honkar said Maoists had been involved in the killing of P C Sharma at Vimalsagarji Samadhi at Madhuan. The woman, Sanjhali Devion, who was sacked by the trust on charges of having an illicit relation with an employee, had hatched a conspiracy to kill Sharma in connivance with the Maoists who had been insisting on her reinstatement.

    “Sharma had removed Sanjhali Devi, a daily wage earner, and another person for having an affair. The Maoists had asked Sharma to reinstate her, but he had refused. The man was reinstated three months later, but the woman could not be accommodated despite pressure from the Maoists,” the SP said.

    Sanjhali alias Chudaki, the wife of Sikra Manjhi of Jobhi Tola of Pirtand, had sought the Naxalites help.

    On October 7 when devotees were celebrating the birth anniversary of the Jain saint, she went to the trust office and called Sharma outside the premises of Vimalsagarji Samadhi where two Maoists, who had come on a motorcycle, pumped bullets on him. Although Sharma died on the spot, the woman and the two Maoists hit him with stones and bricks to disfigure his face.

    The SP said police were making efforts to trace the Maoists involved in the murder. Madhuban is a stronghold of Naxalites. – News Courtesy: Times of India

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