Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Apr 14:
Odisha police have arrested eight Maoist supporters on charges of killing the husband of a woman ward member candidate in the recently concluded panchayat polls in Malkangiri district, police said today.
The accused were forwarded to court and sent to jail as their bail pleas were rejected today.
The gruesome incident had taken place on February 2 this year at Bara village under Mathili block in the district.
Over 40 armed rebels and their supporters surrounded the village on that fateful night and shot at Dasharu Duar, husband of ward member candidate of ward no 7 Parbati Duar, dragging him out of his home.
Police yesterday arrested eight persons in this connection. They have been forwarded to court under section 147, 148, 121, 121-a, 302, 506 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and R/W section 25/27 of Arms Act.
The arrested have been identified as Masa Madkami, Budra Madkami, Sahadeb Pujari, Maga Sodi, Narasingha Madhi, Manga Durua, Madhaba Durua and Motiram Sodi of Bara village.
They were allegedly working as Maoist sympathisers.
The murder was hatched over political rivalry, said a senior police official adding that Maoists are now working as contract killers.