Malkangiri, Dec 30:
The body of the deceased, identified as Kosha Madhi (38) of Sangel village under Kalimela police station, was found by villagers today. Madhi, secretary of the local pani panchyat, was kidnapped by the ultras on Friday.
Madhi was produced before the ‘Kangaroo Court’ and killed by the ultra for acting as a police informer, villagers alleged.
Superintendent of police, Malkangiri, Akhileswar Singh said they had got the information about the incident and inquiry was continuing. Police had unconfirmed information yesterday that Madhi had been released by the ultras, but it turned out to be wrong, he said.
“Maoists have become vengeful and are trying to create terror among the people in the face of heightened action against them by police through raids and combing operation in the district. Besides, they are worried due to surrender of their cadres before the police,” he said.
On Friday, they triggered a blast with explosives and destroyed the bridge over river Poteru apparently to stop movement of security personnel between Kalimela and Padia.
The same day, they had also looted the house of a special police officer (SPO), Lacha Madkami, one of Madhi’s relations, of the same village, sources said.
Meanwhile, the four-day bandh call given by Maoists in Malkangiri and adjoining Koraput district demanding halt to police action and alleged atrocities against tribals, which entered the third today, affected normal life in Maoist hinterlands including Padia, Kalimela and Motu areas. Public transport has been the worst-hit, reports said.
However, there was hardly any affect noticed in Koraput district due to the bandh, the sources said.