Malkangiri: At least eight villagers, who were abducted by the Maoists here five days ago, were beaten up without mercy in Praja Court here.
The red rebels released the villagers on Saturday with a warning to face deadliest consequence if they continue to cooperate with the police.
According to reports, the Maoists had abducted Paradesi Durua, Sitaram Durua, Padia Kabasi, Musiki Durua, Misi Kabashi, Lasimdhar Durua, Adam Padiami and Pandu Madi from Gagiaguda village under Mathili police limits in Malkangiri district suspecting them to be police informers.
Convicting them in the Praja Court, the red militants thrashed the villagers inside a Maoist camp in the forest.
They warned the villagers not to pass on any information about the Maoists to police.