A police officer was kidnapped by Maoists and shot dead on Tuesday in a forest area in the Odisha district of Nuapada bordering Chhattisgarh, weeks after the abduction and unharmed release of two Italians and a BJD MLA in the State.
“A group of armed Maoists abducted the ASI and shot him dead. His body has been recovered,” Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj told PTI.
ASI of Dharmabandha outpost Kruparam Majhi was escorting a water tanker to the CRPF camp at Goudha with a constable on a motorcycle when they were stopped by a group of about 30 armed Maoists, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Prafulla Patra said.
Constable Deo Narayan Sahu was asked to leave and Mr. Majhi was taken at gunpoint by the Maoists into the forest, he said.
Mr. Majhi’s bullet riddled body was found at a place between Bharuamunda and Lodra, some 5 km from the spot where he was kidnapped, Mr. Patra said.
The body was found near the Sunabeda Sanctuary, located close to Chhattisgarh.
Maoists, who infiltrated into the sanctuary and camped there recently from neighbouring Chhattisgarh were suspected to be behind the killing, police sources said.
The killing came close on the heels of kidnap of the two Italians in Kandhamal district and BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka in Koraput district by two different Maoist groups. All three were subsequently released unharmed.