Incident Summary:

11/30/2011: Suspected Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) members abducted a bus driver, Partho Mishra, Wednesday evening in Karkel in Khunti district, Jharkhand, India, after he had finished dropping off a wedding party in a nearby village. While his assistant, Sanjay Topno, was released, the assailants took Mishra and his bus to the nearby village of Kenbaki, 15km away, where his body was discovered early Thursday morning. It is believed that the perpetrators held the victim for approximately six hours before shooting him and leaving his body and his bus behind. While the exact motive for the attack is unknown, authorities believe that Mishra was targeted because he was a supporter of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a rival organization of the CPI-M. It is unknown whether a ransom was demanded by the perpetrators.




South Asia

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Location Details:
The attack occurred in Karkel, 80km from the Khunti district headquarters, Jharkhand, India.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Partho Mishra
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 6
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An unknown firearm was used in this attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 25
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Maoists kill driver after abduction," United News of India, December 2, 2011.
"Rebels hijack van, kill driver," Telegraph, December 2, 2011.
"Maoists hijack bus at Rania, driver dead," The Pioneer, December 1, 2011.