After lull of Maoists kill 3 villagers in Orissa

After lying low for more than two months, Maoists continued their killing spree by killing three villagers of Malkangiri district including a female ward member over the last 24 hours.

The rebels, who had taken seven people hostage from two villages under Kalimela block on December 12, shot dead two of them — Chintalguda village panchayat ward member Tulasi Behera and Jaga Madkamni of Ramaguda — accusing them of being police informers. Malkangiri SP said the bullet-ridden bodies of Behera and Madkami were found in a forest at Bhejingwada area Saturday morning. The rebels left a note and a bullet threatening villagers not to help the BSF. The Maoists had freed four of them while another ran away by Friday.

In another incident, a group of Maoists shot dead Gobinda Saha, a contactor, in MV-90 village in the district Saturday, suspecting him to be a police informer.

The killing came a day after Maoists had shot dead 60-year-old Prabhakar Madkami, father of Manyamkonda panchayat samiti member Laxmi Madkami, branding him as a police informer. In October too, the Maoists had killed a tribal sarpanch in Padia area.

Malkangiri police said after the September 14 encounter in Padia block in which 14 Maoists were killed, villagers in areas controlled by the rebels had raised their voice against the diktats of the cadres. Orissa DGP Prakash Mishra had said any Maoist coming from Andhra or Chhattisgarh to Orissa would be killed. Villagers in Andrapalli and Mariguda grampanchayat in the cut-off area of Malkangiri spoke out against the rebels. In the past three months, 75 Maoists have surrendered to the police.

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