BARGARH: The Maoists set on fire an empty ‘phadi’, where dried kendu leaves are stored, at Gaurpali village of Lakhanpur gram panchayat under Ambabhona block on Sunday night. There was no loss of life or property and only the roof of the shed has been gutted leaving the police clueless about the aim behind the act of the rebels.
It is being seen as a strategy of the Maoists to make their presence felt in the area. They have left behind two banners, in Hindi and Odia, claiming responsibility for the fire and accusing some Government officials of exploiting poor people. On being informed, Ambabhona Police rushed to the spot with fire brigade personnel, who doused the fire. Police also seized the banners. The banners have accused Uttam gram panchayat Sarpanch Satyabhusan Sahu, Lakhanpur GP Sarpanch Hiradhar Sahu and Ambabhona Block Development Officer Sahadeb Samadhia of exploiting poor people while doling out financial assistance under IAY and irregularities in laying of Kurumkel road. The posters also stated that the trio would be punished. Bargarh SDPO NC Dansena said, a case has been registered basing on the complaint of Range Officer. Verification was on to ascertain whether the banners had been put by Maoists or some mischievous elements. He said, since collection of kendu leaf is yet to start, the setting of fire of ‘phadi’ is baffling and is believed to be the handiwork of some mischievous elements.
Suspected Maoists Kill Villager
Koraput: A group of Maoists allegedly killed a villager by slitting his throat on Sunday night. The deceased, Manju Guntha (32), belonged to Semageda village of Kotiya panchayat under Pottangi police limits in the district. Additional SP BV Rao said, the Maoists reached Manju’s house and asked him to come out. They later took him to a nearby forest and killed him, he added. Inspector-in-Charge of Pottangi police station Kailash Chandra Sethy said they have received information about the murder but police are yet to reach the village as it is a remote area. Meanwhile, villagers cremated the body and demanded compensation for the kin of the deceased.