Naxalite held in Rayagada

Maoists killed two youths in two separate incidents in Nuapada district bordering Chhattisgarh on Friday night branding them to be police informers.

The victims were identified as Nageswar Majhi (28) of Koten village and Parsuram Majhi (30) of Jalamibadar village. According to the police both were murdered in a similar manner.

A group of armed Maoists reached their village and the victims were dragged out of their homes. They were beaten to death in front of villagers who were forced to gather up and witness the gruesome act, the police officials said.

Maoists also left posters at the spot of murders.

These posters warned that such murders will continue if security forces did not stop anti-naxal operations and combing in Maoist-affected areas.

Senior police officials with additional force have rushed to the spot to investigate and initiate operation to track down the culprits behind the murder.

These killings came a few days after the Maoist-nominated mediators who held negotiation for the safe release of the then Malkangiri Collector, R. Vineel Krishna, after his abduction in February met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik regarding non-fulfilment of 14 promises made for the release of the Collector and the junior engineer abducted with him. It may be noted that ultras had killed nine security personnel of neighbouring Chhattisgarh at a place bordering Nuapada district on May 24.

In another incident a Maoist cadre, Lalit Biusika, was arrested by security personnel during combing operation in Chandrapur block of Rayagada district on Friday night.

A country-made gun, Maoist posters and banners were seized from him. According to the police he was involved in the murder of a head constable of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Tek Chand at Hanumantpur of Chandrapur block on December 30 last .

A jawan of the Orissa State Armed Police was also injured in the attack. Lalit was also involved in the attack on the Chandrapur police station.