Maoists abduct 3 more in Malkangiri district
KORAPUT: Continuing their well-calibrated offensive against suspected police informers, Maoists abducted at least three persons, including an elected panchayat representative, in Malkangiri district. Though the incident occurred on Wednesday night, police confirmed it on Friday, coinciding with the visit of director general of police (DGP) Prakash Mishra to the Maoist-hit district. Earlier on April 24, Maoists killed two of the three persons they had abducted on April 22 from Kiang panchayat under Mathili police limits in the district.
In the latest incident, sources said a group of armed Maoists swooped down on Mahupadar village, situated at a distance of about 100 km from Malkangiri town, under Mathili police limits, and abducted the naib sarpanch of Mahupadar Budu Durua, a trader identified as Budu Naik and another villager Malsa Kalra, accusing them of helping police. Brushing aside the Maoist charges against the victims, Malkangiri SP Akhileswar Singh said, “The abducted persons were never our informers. The Maoists might have abducted them to settle some personal scores.
Due to the remoteness of the village in the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border, we are facing difficulty in getting the details of the incident. However, investigation is on.” Police suspect the involvement of Daharba division of the CPI (Maoist) in the abduction, which operates in the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border areas. At least six persons have been abducted by Maoists in the past 15 days, leaving the villagers panic-stricken.
“Local people are spending sleepless nights as Maoists are constantly on the prowl. No one knows what will be the fate of the abducted trio. Also, the remoteness of the villages helps the Maoists to have a free run in the area,” said a source at Mathili. Meanwhile, the DGP visited Red-hit Chitrakonda and assessed the ongoing anti-Naxalite operations in Malkangiri district with top district police and BSF officials.
Two Naxals held in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, May 4 (PTI) Two Naxals were arrested during a joint search operation in a jungle in Maoist-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. “The cadres were nabbed from the jungles of Batumpali village under Basaguda police station area of the district by the joint contingent of CRPF and district force last night,” a senior official told PTI over phone.