Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kalyansinghpur, June 3:
In yet another incident of Maoist violence in Odisha, a panchayat samiti member of Sikarpai was shot and hacked to death in Rayagada district by suspected Maoists early today.
Eyewitnesses said they rushed to the spot on hearing gun shots at around 6.20 am near the filling station owned by the deceased Gopal Chetty Gandhi (40), and found him lying in a pool of blood with bullet injuries and his body hacked with an axe.
They claimed to have seen four persons leaving the spot shouting slogans “Maobadi zindabad”. A letter suspected to have been written by Maoists lying beside Gandhi’s body was seized by the police.
SDPO Rayagada, Y Jagannath Rao said police investigations are on basing on eyewitness accounts and combing operations have been intensified in the region.