Bhubaneswar: Three days after police arrested four cadres in Bolangir district, Maoist rebels on Saturday striked back by killing a country liquor trader, suspecting him to be acting as a police informer, police sources said.
The deceased has been identified as Murali Meher.
Over 25 armed rebels had forced Meher to accompany them, who was dragged out at gun-point out of his house at Rengali village under Khaprakhol police station area in Bolangir district and later shot him dead.
The Maoists had asked Meher to stop running his liquor business in the area. A Maoist poster was recovered near the body of the deceased saying that anyone acting as a police informer shall face similar fate.
A combing operation was soon launched after the incident and there was a fierce exchange of fire between the forces and Maoists. Security forces also recovered a huge cache of ammunition from the ultra’s hideouts. The materials seized from the site during the search operation include two tiffin bombs, several gelatin packets, live wire and detonators.
In another incident, the ultras set ablaze as many as five tractors and one JCV in Paikmal area on the foot of Gandhamardan hill bordering Bolangir district.
It is noteworthy to mention that Maoists are active in more than half of the area of the State. Bolangir district is considered a Maoist stronghold.
Source: 360 NS