Ranchi: A couple was burnt alive by suspected Maoists in Jharkhand`s Palamau district, due to their land dispute with a rebel commander, police said on Sunday.
"Divesh Singh and his wife, Devbrati Devi were burnt alive at Saraidih village by suspected Maoist rebels," Palamau`s Superintendent of Police Jatin Narwal said.
Around 10 to 15 rebels raided the Saraidih village, 180 km from Ranchi, Saturday night and set Divesh`s house on fire. The couple who were sleeping at the time were burnt alive. The rebels left a pamphlet at the spot, terming the couple "police informers".
According to Narwal, Divesh had a land dispute with Mahendra Bhuiya, an area commander of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).