Raipur: A Maoist commander was allegedly killed by his colleagues in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district due to a reported rift in Maoist ranks in Bastar region of the neighboring Telangana state, a police official said here on Sunday.
The charred body of the Maoist cadre, identified as Badru alias Masa, a section commander of military platoon number 24 of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), was recovered from Permpara village forests under Gadiras police station limits today, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Santosh Singh told PTI.
Badru was allegedly dubbed as a "police informer" and "a cheat", who is not loyal to the CPI (Maoist), by rebels before killing him, the police official said.
The ASP said that a senior level Maoist military wing cadre Hemla Bhagat and his wife Kosi, chief of the Dandakarnya Kisan Majdoor Sanghthan, are among rebels who were reportedly killed by their own colleagues early this week.
Information received indicates differences among Maoist cadres from the Bastar region and senior leaders from Telangana, which led to these killings, the police official said.
"We have inputs that these Maoists were murdered after directions from a senior woman Maoist leader handling the outlawed movement in South Bastar. Further investigation is on in this connection," the police official said.
Badru was killed with sharp-edged weapons at a so-called peoples' court (Jan Adalat) organised by Maoist rebels on Friday in the same region after which his body was set ablaze, the police official said.
After Badru's family members informed the police about the incident today, security personnel recovered his body from the spot and sent it for post-mortem, he said.
The ASP said that three other Maoist leaders were also reportedly eliminated by their own Maoist colleagues?in Sukma during the past week.
However, no specific inputs about the places of their public trial (people's court) nor their bodies have been recovered, the police official said.