Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Jul 16:
Suspected Maoists have abducted seven villagers from Mahupadar village under Mathili police limits in Odisha’s Malkangiri district late on Wednesday evening, reports said.
Reports said about 50-60 armed men and women forcibly took away seven persons from Mahupadar village after waking them up from their sleep at around 9 PM on Wednesday evening.
While the family members of the abductees have said that the suspected Maoists had not told them the reason behind the abduction of their kin, villagers preferred not to utter a word on the issue.
Panic prevails in the area following the abductions.
The abducted have been identified as Soma Chalan, Khageswar Kumbhar, Nakul Pugari, Hari Durua, Paban Durua, Indra Durua and Udayanath Kolar, local sources said.
“Investigations are on. The situation will be clear only after investigations are completed,” said SDPO (Malkangiri) Madkar Sandip Sampad.
On April 14 Maoists had abducted 11 persons from Kartanpalli and Bara villages under Mathili police limits to a nearby forested area. The abducted were tried at a Praja Court (kangaroo court) on charges of indulging in anti-Maoist activities.
On finding them guilty, they were thoroughly thrashed by the Maoists and later let off after giving undertakings not to indulge in such activities in the future.
Its apprehended that the recent abductions could be due to similar reasons.