A group of 20 armed men stormed into the village and dragged the tribal from his house. Two tribals were killed allegedly by Maoists after branding them as ‘police informers’ in two separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Bastar division, police said on Sunday. A villager identified as Sukhram Poyam was shot dead by rebels late Saturday night at his village Kundla under Kurusnar police station limits, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police, OP Sharma told PTI.
A group of around 20 armed ultras stormed the village, located around 350 kms away from Raipur, and dragged out Poyam from his house. They shot rounds of fire at him and fled from the spot, he said. As per preliminary investigation, Maoists had branded him as ‘supporter and informer’ of police prior to his murder, the ASP said. After getting information about the incident, security forces were rushed to the spot this morning, he added. In another incident, a villager identified as Amrit Hurra (25) was killed with sharp-edged weapons by the ultras in Bhanupratappur area of Kanker district.
Hurra was abducted by some Naxals from his house at Ghotha village last night and his blood-stained body was found this morning outside the village, following which police was informed, a police official said. Naxals had dropped some pamphlets and put up banners at the spot in which they claimed Hurra to be a police informer, he said. Cases have been registered with regard to both the incidents, Sharma said.
Maoists abduct 2 Dongria Kondh youths
Rayagada: A few hours after security force jawans killed a Maoist in an encounter near Dangamati village inside Niyamgiri forest under Kalyanpur police limits in the district, ultras abducted two youths of the Dongria Kondh community of the same village branding them as police informers. The Maoist had been killed in the wee hours of Saturday while the left wing extremists (LWEs) lifted the youth in the evening. Panic gripped the Dongria Kondh community.
The kidnapped youths were identified as Shyam Sikka of Dangamati under Kalyansinghpur police station and Ludu Wadka of Khambesi village under Bissamkatak police station. Residents of the area said it must be a handiwork of LWEs, who create a reign of terror by organising a series of violent activities. Families and relatives of the two youths have been searching for the youth. However, they failed to get any clues till this report was filed. When contacted, police said investigations were on and measures were being taken to trace the youths. Meanwhile, security forces launched an extensive combing operation in the area to nab the Maoists. The Maoist had been killed when a combing operation was on in the area by the security forces led by Rayagada SP K Siba Subramnani.
The BSF and district voluntary force came across a Maoist camp inside the forest when at least 20 rebels opened fire at the police. The security forces retaliated and the rebel was killed. The security forces recovered two 9 MM pistols, a gun and a huge cache of explosives from the encounter spot after the Maoists dispersed into the dense forest. Sources said the rebels who fled the spot in the face of a heavy encounter later arrived at the village and abducted the tribal youths branding them as police informers.
In another incident, the ultras had killed a youth identified as Biswanath Khila of Handikhal village under Chitrakonda police station in Malkangiri district late Friday night suspecting him to be a police informer. Four years ago, they had killed his father Manik Khila, who worked as a village guard, for the same reason. PNN
Maoists, Police Encounter Claim 2 Lives in Odisha
BHUBANESWAR/MALKANGIRI:Left Wing Extremists (LWEs) stormed a wedding function in southern district of Malkangiri where they killed a tribal youth branding him as a police informer on Friday night, hours before security forces gunned down a Maoist in Niyamgiri hills of Rayagada district during an exchange of fire. Acting on a tip-off about congregation of Maoists near Dangamati village, a District Voluntary Force (DVF) team, led by Rayagada SP K Siva Subramani, headed out to comb the Niyamgiri hills on Friday evening.
During the early hours of Saturday, the security forces came across the Maoist camp where about 40 members were present. In the ensuing exchange of fire, a middle-aged cadre was killed. His identity is yet to be ascertained. About seven hours before the group was spotted in Rayagada, down south in Malkangiri, the Maoists killed Biswanath Khilla, a tribal youth of Panasput village in the cut-off region on the other side of Chitrakonda reservoir. Biswanath, according to his uncle Kamal Lochan Khilla, was in a marriage ceremony at Khajuriguda, about one km from Panasput, when a group of 12 Maoists raided the function. Armed with sophisticated weapons, they dragged him to nearby forest.
He was produced before a “Praja Court” which branded him as a police informer and handed out death sentence. The Maoist tied Biswanath’s hands and slit his throat with a sharp weapon. He bled to death at the spot. On December 26 last, the Maoists had killed Badpadar sarpanch Jayaram Khara on the same charges. Meanwhile in Niyamgiri hills, the security forces found a huge cache of ammunition and arms following a search in the camp. Four guns, at least 180 rounds of ammunition for various fire arms, hand grenade, seven SLR magazine, two wireless sets, a dozen knives, two tiffin bombs apart from logistics materials were found in the camp. The operation, the first successful one in the last three years in the region, is considered a major step for Odisha Police as Maoists are trying to create a corridor through Rayagada-Kandhamal-Kalahandi districts to connect Chhattisgarh.
Sources said the group was being commanded by Bauri Bandhu Sethi alias Sukhdev alias Bunty who was present at the camp. Bunty who heads Bansdhara-Ghumsar Division of CPI (Maoist) operates a group of about 46 cadres. However, with local recruitment drying up, he was being assisted by a company of cadre sent by the Maoist party from Chhattisgarh. “We have information that the Chhattisgarh company comprised 30 cadre members and was trying to build up activities in the region by supporting the Bansadhara-Ghumsar Division which operates in four sub-groups of about 10 members each,” a senior police officer said.
MALKANGIRI CASE Armed with sophisticated weapons, Maoists raid a marriage function in a village of Malkangiri district They drag a youth from the spot to nearby forest The youth convicted in ‘Praja Court’ as a police informer The Red ultras slit his throat and he bleeds to death
RAYAGADA INCIDENT On a tip-off about Maoists’ presence, District Voluntary Force team, led by Rayagada SP, launches combing operation in Niyamgiri hills Security forces come across the Maoist camp attended by about 40 members Exchange of fire ensues and a middle-aged cadre is killed
Wall slogans threatening informers in the name of CPI (Maoist) in Pankhajur