5 Naxals carrying rewards starting from Rs 1 lakh to three lakh on their heads have been killed by their colleagues in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district over the past two weeks, police stated on Tuesday.

These killings are the fallout of an ongoing rift throughout the outlawed CPI (Maoist) over latest murders of civilians by some Naxals in south Bastar, they stated.

Police had final week stated prime Naxal chief Modiyam Vijja had been gunned down by his juniors at first of this month.

“Now we have bought details about the killing of 5 extra Naxals by their very own outfit members in Bijapur,” Inspector Normal of Police (Bastar vary) Sundarraj P informed PTI.

The deceased have been recognized as Sandip alias Budhram, janmilitia platoon part commander, Lakhu Hemla, Maoists jantana faculty in-charge, Santosh, head of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan, Dasru Mandavi, head of janatana sarkar group, and Kamlu Punem, militia platoon commander, he stated.

All of the 5 deceased have been carrying rewards starting from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh on their heads, he stated.

Of them, 4 have been lively within the Gangaloor space committee of Maoists, which was being headed by Vijja whereas Santosh was lively within the Pamed space committee, the IG stated, including that extra particulars on the killings are being collected.

Vijja, a ‘divisional committee member’ cadre who was concerned within the killing of villagers in Bijapur, was shot lifeless on October 1, Sundarraj stated.

“Police had been receiving details about variations between senior and lower-rung cadres with regard to the brutal method adopted by prime ultras in direction of native villagers from a few months.

“The latest killings of villagers by Naxals in Bijapur after branding them as police informers additional escalated the strain,” the IG stated.

He stated the killing of six Naxals, together with Vijja, looks like an eruption of a gang warfare between totally different teams throughout the banned outfit.

Terming it as a “essential” improvement, the senior police officer stated safety forces have been conserving an in depth watch on happenings throughout the Maoist group and are taking strategic motion accordingly.

Because the starting of this 12 months, 43 civilians have been killed in Naxal-related incidents within the Bastar division, together with 11 in 4 districts in September, he added.