Incident Summary:

01/31/2018: Assailants shot and killed Irpa Usendi, a labor contractor, at a market in Etapalli, Maharashtra, India. The Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) claimed responsibility for the incident and accused Usendi of being a police informant.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Etapalli

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Gadchiroli district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Suspected Police Informer: Irpa Usendi
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been the result of internal conflict within a group. Sources noted that Usendi was the cousin of a Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) commander and was accused of extorting money from companies under the guise of the CPI-Maoist.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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
"Top Maoist leader's kin shot dead at weekly market," The Times of India (TOI), February 1, 2018.