Maoists murder ‘cop informer’ in Koraput

KORAPUT: Maoists have stepped up their offensive against suspected police informers in Koraput district’s Narayanpatna area by killing a 25-year-old villager. The killing on Tuesday night was the third such incident in the district in the past few weeks.

Police said villagers spotted the body of Mishra Khosla lying in a pool of blood near Mankidi in the Narayanpatna police station area on Wednesday morning. The attackers had slit Khosla’s throat and set fire to two four-wheelers belonging to the deceased’s brother.

On September 2, the Red rebels had murdered Sankar Rao (30) of Langalbeda and Santosh Kumar Patnala (20) of Borgi in Narayanpatna block on the charges of being police informers.

Sources said Khosla was looking after the vehicles which use to ply between Inchapadar, his native village, and Mankidi for carrying passengers. The Maoists kidnapped Khosla on Tuesday night while he was returning with the vehicle near Mankidi.

“The Maoists had freed other passengers in the vehicle after detaining Khosla. Later, his body was found at the spot on Wednesday morning. The Maoists have also ablaze the two vehicles which were being managed by Khosla,” said SP (Koraput) Anup Kumar Sahoo.

Police said they have recovered a Maoist letter near the body. “Khosla was supplying information against Maoists to police. Anyone who helps police will meet a similar fate,” said the letter written by Maosit leader Daya in Telugu.

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