He is the father of panchayat samiti member

Father of a panchayat samity member was shot dead by Maoists in cold blood in Motu police station limits of Malkangiri district of south Odisha on Thursday night.

In another development on Friday, Maoists released three out of six persons they had abducted from Kalimela police station area on Thursday, informed Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Akhileshwar Singh.

According to the police, the victim who was killed by ultras on Thursday night was Prabhakar Madkami of Biliguda village under Motu police station limits. He hailed from a family which is politically active in the area. His brother was a former Zilla Parishad member. His daughter Laxmi Madkami is a member of panchayat samity of Manyamkonda panchayat.

As per reports a group of five armed Maoists along with some supporters had reached the Biliguda village and searched for Prabhakar, alleging him to be a police informer.

After tracking down the victim, they had forcibly dragged away to the outskirts of the village.

There the leftist extremists shot Prabhakar in cold blood from extreme close range .

The Maoists involved in this killing also left behind a hand written poster at the spot.

Through the poster they threatened locals not to keep any relations with the personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) involved in anti-Maoist operations in the area. The ultras threatened to kill anyone having links with security personnel. Security personnel have rushed to the area to track down the naxalites involved in this murder.

Speaking to The Hindu , Malkangiri SP said it was again a inhuman cold blooded killing by the Maoists with an aim to create terror among the general public living in remote areas.

They prefer to target innocent civilians having no links with police as they are extreme soft targets, he added.

On Thursday Maoists had abducted six persons including a panchayat ward member from Chintalwada and Ramaguda villages under Kalimela police station limits alleging them to be police informers.

As per the information that has reached Malkangiri district police headquarters, three of these abducted civilians have returned to their village after they were released by the naxalites.