Incident Summary:

07/22/2013: Assailants kidnapped three contractors from Uchdih, Jharkhand state, India. The victims, all contractors for the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), were found the following day on July 23rd, beheaded and mutilated. The Pahadi Cheetah group claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that they targeted the victims because the refused to pay the armed organization a "share" of their contracts.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Incident occurred in Basai Block

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA)
Specific Description Contractors: Hira Singh
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Multiple firearms and shop objects suitable for decapitation and mutilation were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The other victims were identified as Tulsidas Gosain and Faridanand Soren.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pahadi Cheetah Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 35
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
"Disturbing pics: Naxals behead two MNREGA contractors after they refuse to pay 'levy'; leave heads on village road," Daily Bhaskar, July 24, 2013.