Rebels’ resorted to road blockade in Koraput
Bhubaneswar ( Orissa) : Normal life in Orissa’s Koraput district bordering Andhra Pradesh and Malkangiri bordering Chhattisgarh, on Saturday badly hit with outlawed CPI (Maoists) blocked roads at several places in southern region protesting Operation Green Hunt, police said.
The rebels have blocked roads by felling trees resulting zero communication on several major routes, police said.
Road communication between Narayanpatna and Laxmipur town in Koraput district was disrupted in at least one place due to the road block, sources said.
The rebels also pasted posters on trees and other places protesting the anti-Maoist operation in the region, they said.
Timber trader shot dead in Orissa’s Baripada
Bhubaneswar ( Orissa) : After spreading mayhem in Koraput and Malkangiri districts, the outlawed Maoists have shot dead a timber merchant in Orissa’s Mayurbhanj district and issued a stern warning against middlemen (dalals), police said on Monday.
SP Dayal Gangwar said a group of armed rebels barged into the house of 50-year-old Goutam Hapoi, a timber merchant, at Kathasirisi in Suliapada area and took him away.
He said that Hapoi, a resident of West Midnapore district of neighbouring West Bengal was gunned down near his house.
Hapoi ran a saw mill and was involved in a timber business for the last five years.
It is yet to be ascertained whether the victim had earlier received threat from the rebels.
Police said that before escaping from the spot the ultras left behind some posters in Belgani and Oriya which read that ‘dalals’ (middlemen) would be punished in a similar way.
Security personnel have been dispatched to the area.