Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koraput, May 12:
The Maoists, who had abducted three persons from Talagolur and Munungun Valasa villages under Pottangi police station limits in Odisha’s Koraput district late on Saturday night, have killed two of them and released the other person, police said.
“Those killed were former village council chief Taudu Pateli and Simhalu B., brother of the present village council chief. Their bodies were found on the outskirts of their village,”IG of police Yashwant Jethwa said.
However, another person Petel Daudu, former sarpanch of Munungun Valasa, returned to his village after he was released by the Maoists, reports said.
It may be recalled that a group of armed Maoist had landed at Munungun Valasa village at about 10 PM on Saturday night. Later, they barged into the house of former Sarpanch Petel Daudu and threw away household articles and set Petel’s bike on fire.
Petel was then dragged out of his house by the Maoists and asked to follow them.
The red rebels later entered Talagolur village and set three bikes and a tractor on fire. They also assaulted Baladabai Pati and his brother Baladabai Simalu and later took them away despite appeals by the villagers to spare them.
The Maoist left behind some posters in these villages wherein they had warned that they would kill the three abducted villagers if they find evidence on their role as police informers. They had also warned the villagers not to leave their village for the next four days.
The posters also mentioned that the attack on Talagolur village was in retaliation against police encounter in which two of their cadre members were killed on March 4 this year.
Meanwhile, a joint combing operation by the CISF and the district police has been intensified in the area to nab the ultras.