Maoists branded them as police informers

Two villagers, including a former home guard, of Velamjuvvi under Balapam gram panchayat in Chintapalli mandal were allegedly shot dead by a group of Maoists near Johar village in the district on Friday.

According to information reaching here, a group of Maoists took away former home guard Rambabu and his friend Rammohan, both aged between 25-30 years, from their native village and killed them near Johar village, branding them as police informers.

This was the major incident of violence the Maoists resorted to after the panchayat elections held in the district during July when they attacked houses of some politicians and took away ballot papers, prevented aspirants from filing nominations, and attempted to stall polling in some panchayats.