Maoists gunned down an unidentified youth in Malkangiri district branding him a police informer.

The bullet-ridden body of the deceased was located near the MV-82 village under Motu police station area.

According to the Malkangiri district police, the localites could not identify the person. So, it was suspected that the Maoists may have resorted to kill the youth alleging him to be a police informer. Combing operation was intensified in the area following the murder.

Some posters and banners were also recovered near the body which claimed that police informers would have to face similar fate at the hands of naxals. The posters also asked the State government to stop the proposed special operation against the Maoists special operation.

It may be noted that Maoists are continuing their violence in south Orissa during past one week to show up their opposition to the proposed joint operation against them. They gunned down a 30-year-old Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS), Gokul Pandu of Balipeta village of Naryanpatna block in Koraput district in the wee hours of Sunday. On Saturday night they shot dead one Nityanand Nag of Buduguda village under Kalimela block of Malkangiri district alleging him to be a police informer. One Special Police Officer (SPO) and a village head were seriously injured by Maoists bullets on Tuesday at Maribeda village in Malkangiri district.

In the wee hours of Wednesday, three police personnel were killed and four were seriously injured in an exchange of fire with Maoists in Amabajhiri forest of Guma block in Gajapati district. Maoists had also damaged three mobile communication towers at Birikote village of the district on Tuesday night.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), operations, Sanjeev Marik, reached Gajapati district headquarters, Paralakhemundi, on Thursday to take note of the situation.

Meanwhile, combing operation was continuing in Ambajhiri jungle. The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Southern range, R.K. Sharma said despite casualties, the police team had given a fitting reply to the naxals in Ambajhiri for which they had run away from the spot taking advantage of darkness during dawn. The two AK-47 rifles of the martyr Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans were also recovered from the spot of ambush as the Maoists had failed to take away them.