Bhubaneswar: Maoist guerrillas Tuesday killed two tribal village guards in Odisha’s Malkangiri district four days after kidnapping them along with seven others, police said.
Armed guerrillas had allegedly dragged seven village guards and two village heads from their homes in different villages under Jodam police station near the Andhra Pradesh border Sep 20 and kidnapped them.
They had accused the villagers of being police informers.
While the guerrillas released five of the villagers after assaulting them severely, they killed village guards Manik Khilo and Jagabandhu Khilo, district Superintendent of Police Akhileshwar Singh told IANS.
The incident came to light after villagers spotted the bodies and informed the police, he said.
The whereabouts of two other villagers was not known, he said.
Malkangiri district, around 640 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, is considered a Maoist stronghold. Handikhilo is situated on Odisha’s border with Andhra Pradesh.