Naxals kill ex-sarpanch of Gadchiroli

After a lull, the naxalites struck in Gadchiroli again. On late Tuesday night, the naxalites killed a villager on pretext of his being a police informer in Motala-Tekdi village near Sironcha bordering Andhra Pradesh. According to reports reaching here, a gang of 10-15 armed Maoists stormed the Motala-Tekdi village and enquired about Narayan Srirangi (33) who was at home. They armed naxals went to his home, dragged him out and shot him in front of several villagers.

After killing him, the red rebels told the villagers for not cooperating with the police in any way, else they would face a similar fate. All the naxalites fled from the scene after the act, the reports said. However, the district poilice maintained that Narayan was never a police informer. He was former sarpanch of the village. In another incident, the naxalites opened fire at a police party, that was on a routine patrolling in the jungle, near Aheri jungles on Tuesday evening. The police gave a befitting reply, forcing the naxals to beat a hasty retreat. “No person from either side was injured or killed in the exchange of fire,” officials of the the district police control room said.

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