A teacher was shot dead by Naxals, Maoist apologises saying it was by mistake

A school teacher was killed by the Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, the insurgents have circulated a letter announcing it a mistake, the police claimed Thursday. Yogendra Meshram was assumed to be a policeman but he was an innocent, the purported letter said. He was shot dead by Naxals at Kombda Bajar on March 12. Meshram was a teacher at a municipal school at Korchi.

Residents had protested the killing, said Shailesh Balkawade, District Superintendent of Police, `Pawan’, who is a divisional commander of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), issued an apology letter which was circulated Wednesday. The letter addressed to Meshram’s family said Maoists killed him as he was wrongly thought to be a policeman due to intelligence failure, the SP said.

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