Chitrakonda, Nov 20:
Maoists shot dead two persons including a woman at Bailigumma village under Badapada panchayat in Chitrakonda’s cut-off region late on Tuesday night suspecting them to be police informers.
The victims, Sathirao Hantal and Laxmi Khara who had surrendered to the police recently, earlier worked for the Maoists. Late on Tuesday night they were called out from their homes and shot dead in cold blood by a group of heavily armed Maoists, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.
Security personnel rushed to the area soon after the incident and began a combing operation to track the Maoist group, the police said.
The killing coincides with a bandh called by Maoists of Andhra-Odisha Border ( AOB ) area demanding immediate withdrawal of security forces including BSF from the area and acomplete halt to anti-naxal operations.
Though the bandh had little impact in the area, vehicular movement was disrupted as many opted against moving out as a precautionary measure, reports said.