At least 17 people, including the son of former chief minister Babulal Marandi, were killed while three others were injured in a Maoist attack in Jharkhand's Giridih district early Saturday, police officials said.
The incident took place in Chilkhari village of Giridih district, about 290 km from state capital Ranchi. According to the police, around 30 to 40 rebels of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) dressed in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) uniforms attacked Chilkhari at around 1 a.m. Saturday while the villagers were engrossed in watching a cultural programme organised by Nunalal Marandi, the brother of Babulal Marandi.
Chief Minister Madhu Koda has announced compensation for the kin of those killed. The officer in charge of the Deori police station, under whose jurisdiction Chilkhari falls, has been suspended.