Even as talks were in progress for the release of two Italians abducted by Maoists in Odisha, the rebels shot dead a police Sub-Inspector in Malkangiri district on Thursday, the police said. Sub-Inspector K.C. Rath was shot dead by about four ultras at a marketplace at Khairput, about 60 km from here, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Anirudh Singh said. Mr. Rath, (57), posted at Mudulipada police station which operates from Khairput, was accompanied by a personnel of the Special Operation Group force when the assailants suddenly appeared and fired at him.— PTI

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