Malkangiri, Oct 25:
The sarpanch of Materu panchayat under Padia block in Malkangiri district was killed by suspected Maoists on Thursday night, police sources said. His body was recovered from a spot 5 km away from his home,this morning.
The sarpanch, Soumendra Betti(40)had been warned twice earlier by Maoists for his alleged role as a ‘police informer’.
Local sources said, Soumendra was called out of his home last night by three unidentified persons and taken to the outskirts of his village where around 15 armed Maoists were present. He was then taken to another place 5 kms away and killed after a ‘summary trial.’
Police sources said this was an act of frustration on the part of the Maoists who are worried about loss of their support base as well as police aggression over the last couple of months.