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Maoists kill two villagers

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Maoists shot dead two persons in Nabarangpur district of south Orissa on Saturday night.

These killings came ahead of the bandh call by Maoists in five states including Orissa on Monday. The bodies of these two victims were found on the road near Timanpur village of Raighar block of the district on Monday morning. It was first act of major violence by Maoists in this district that borders Chhattisgarh. Nabarangpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Prafulla Barik said there were reports of naxal movement in remote jungle areas of the district in the past but they had not resorted to any violence till now. “Combing operation has been launched with the help of Chhattisgarh police in the area to track down the culprits behind the recent double murder”, he said.

The two victims were identified as Paradip Mukherjee of Fufugaon village under Jharigaon police station and Baisakhi Bhatra of Telapani village of Umerkote police station area. Maoists left Oriya handwritten posters near the bodies. Through them they claimed that they had been murdered as they were allegedly extorting money in the name of Maoists. They had been shot dead from close range.

Mr. Barik said it was suspected that these two had been picked up by Maoists and killed together. But family members of both these victims had not filed any complaint regarding their disappearance with police.

Meanwhile a landmine planted by Maoists was recovered beneath a culvert on NH-215 near Kamarposh Sundargarh district. The landmine weighed about 10 kilograms. It was defused by the bomb disposal squad. On Saturday security personnel had unearthed landmines from Gobindpalli ghat road under Mathili police station in Malkangiri district. It was suspected that the landmines were planted targeting the security personnel ahead of the bandh call given by Maoists for Monday.

Maoist posters threatening to kill a Bajrang Dal activist came up in Dharakote block of Ganajm district on Sunday. The posters claimed that the Bajrang Dal activist Simanchjal Saraf would be tried and sentenced to death in ‘praja court' as he was fanning communal disharmony in the area. Trees were cut down allegedly by Maoists and their supporters to block the Shergarh-Badagada road in Ganjam district at some places. As a precautionary measure regarding the Maoist bandh call the authorities of the Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) stopped plying their buses through naxal-infested Rayagada district from Sunday night.

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