Odisha: Maoist kills two ‘Gram Rakhis’, five villagers are still in rebel’s captivity

The frustrated red rebels who have been confined to their hideouts only after the security personnel’s intensified the combing operation in the region, reportedly killed Jagabandhu Khilla and Manik Khilla, working as a Gram Rakhis (village guard) at Jodamba and Handikhal respectively, on the other side of Chitrakonda reservoir on Monday suspecting them to be police informers.

Confirming the incident, Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said as per the information available with him, a group of Maoist rebels were abducted nine villagers,Naba Khilla and Chandrasen Khilla of Bajingi,Kamalalochan Khilla of Handikhal,Dhanu Khemudu of Behenguda,Purna Sisha of Khajuriguda ,ex-sarpanch Nistu Khara,Naib Sarpanch Raju Khara including Gram Rakhi Jagabandhu Khilla and Manik Khilla from houses under Jodamba police limits  on September 20.

Of the nine abducted,the rebels on Sunday shot the two Gram Rakhis,Jagabandhu Khilla and Manik Khilla dead some where in the dense forest area,while they have reportedly released the former ex-sarpanch Nistu Khara and Naib-sarpanch Raju Khara,the where about of five other villagers are still not known,Singh said.

However, brushing aside the Maoists allegations Singh said, “The deceased were not our informer. The Maoists might have killed them for some other reason which is under investigation.” However, their body is yet to be traced, Singh added.

The cut-off region has been turned into a safe heaven for the Maoists over the years and virtually runs a parallel administration in the region which has posed a tough challenge to the government to undertake the development works there.

Situation has turned worse there since the abduction of the than Collector R.Vineel Krishna as no officials are visiting the area due to Maoist fear. Either the development works have come to a halt in most parts of the cut-off region or else going on at a snails pace. People have become frightened after the incident and a reign of terror has prevailed in the trouble-torn cut-off region which is considered as a Maoist stronghold over the years.
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