In yet another incident of targeted killing of civilians by the Maoists, armed cadres of the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA), armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), have killed a former village head in the Phiringia area of insurgency-hit Kalahandi district of Odisha on May 10, claimed a few media reports.
As per the reports, the fateful incident occurred when around ten armed cadres of the banned Maoist outfit barged into the house of a former village head and took him along with them towards the outskirts of Saulipada village under phiringia block of Kalahandi districts. It’s been reported that the ultras later shot him dead and fled the spot.
The deceased has been later identified as Subal Kanhar, a former village head. It’s been learnt that he was killed on the suspicion of being a police informer. After learning about the incident, a police team has been rushed to the location, and a search operation is being conducted in the region.
It is to be noted that this is not the first time that the Maoist have killed a civilian after branding him as an informer, and more than three dozen civilians have been targeted and killed by the Maoist in Chattisgarh and adjoining regions of Odisha and Maharashtra in the last two years alone, most of them were branded as police informers by the Ultras.
Earlier, a tribal youth was also abducted and then brutally killed by the Maoist in Bijapur of Chhattisgarh on May 2. As per the reports, the slain youth had gone into the forest with other villagers when cadres of the CPI (M) abducted him, later the Maoist hacked him to death and then threw his body in the fields around one kilometre away from the Turram police station.
The deceased villager was identified as Avlam Hadma (28), a resident of the Turrepara village under the Turram police station of the Bijapur district.
Let us tell you that the brutal killing of the former Sarpanch by the Maoist was executed only a day after a fierce encounter that took place between the security forces and the Left Wing Extremists near the Taparanga forest area under Madanpur-Rampur police station limits of the district in which as many as three male cadres of the outlawed CPI Maoist were neutralised in action.
The encounter took place when a specialised counter-insurgency squad of the Odisha police was conducting a combing operation in the Taparanaga forest area when the police squad was ambushed by the Maoist, resulting in a fierce gunfight between security forces and the Ultras, as many as three bodies of male Maoists along with a AK-47 was later recovered from the spot.