BHUBANESWAR/BHAWANIPATNA: There is no let-up in Maoists’ killing innocent villagers in Kalahandi district after 26 Maoists were killed in Malkangiri district on October 24. On Wednesday, an ex-sarpanch was killed by the rebels in Kalahandi’s Sampachanchara village suspecting police informer.
This is the third incident of a villager being killed in the district in past nine days. The deceased was identified as Jayanta Majhi, a former Sarpanch of Trilochanpur panchayat in Lanjigarh block.
According to police, the Maoists abducted three villagers on Sunday and killed Jayant alone while they freed the other two. Jayant’s body was found near his house with his throat slit. A week ago, the rebels killed Temu Harijan of Salpang village in similar fashion.
Superintendent of police (Kalahandi) Brijesh Kumar Rai said the Maoists took the villagers into forest area. “They (rebels) picked them from their houses,” said Rai.
The three incidents have triggered panic among the villagers, who fear even to come out of their homes. The CRPF camp has been set up near the Maoist dominated areas but it has little impact with the Maoists trying to convey a message about their strong presence by resorting violent acts.
Sources said the Maoists have kept the police on toes even as police claim to be launching combing operation on a daily basis. According to reports, the Maoists not only avenge the killing of their cadres in Malkangiri but also the encounter in which a woman rebel was killed on September 15. Police suspect that in the all three killings, there is involvement of Bansadhara-Ghumsura-Nagabali division of the outlaws.
The area commander of the division Ramakanta had released an audio threatening to kill people, who tip the police about their movement.
Earlier police apprehended them because of contiguity of forest from Malkangiri up to Kalahandi through Rayagada, Maoists might have sneaked into neighbouring districts for hiding after the Malkangiri operation. “Although, the Malkangiri forest is far away from that of Kalahandi, it can’t be ruled out that Maoists trudge through forest to look for safe hiding place,” Rai added.