A youth was shot dead by suspected Maoists in Ratanjori village of Naxal-affected Giridih district here, police said.

Kishore Rana (26) was attending a ceremony when a group of suspected CPI (Maoist) ultras dragged him and gunned him down, Superintendent of Police Ravi Kant Dhan said.

The Maoists had suspected Rana to be a police informer.

A police team reached the spot immediately but the ultras managed to escape.