‘Maoist threat' drives him to suicide

Alleged threat of Maoists compelled a former Maoist supporter-turned-elected representative to commit suicide in the office building of the anti-naxal cell in Rayagada on Wednesday morning.

Mandangi Subarao (42) of Kondabaredi village under Ramanaguda police outpost area was a panchayat member and a local contractor. He hanged himself in the office building of the anti-naxal cell at the Rayagada district police headquarters. A hardcore Maoist supporter earlier, he had contested the local body elections and was leading life as a contractor. According to Rayagada SP Anup Krishna, Mandangi was a key element in the anti-naxal operations as he remained in regular touch with local police and used to provide precise information about naxalites' movement. For that, he had been under constant threat of Maoists.

In the last week of July, a group of Maoists led by naxal leader Suresh had abducted him and taken him to their secret hideout in jungles near Vardha. He had faced torture at the hands of Maoists who had also threatened to kill him, it was alleged.

During the martyrs' week observation by the Maoists, Mandangi had received a tipoff from his Maoist sources that he might be murdered during the period. He had contacted the local police and the Rayagada SP for help and protection. Mr Kishna said they had asked Mandangi to leave his village and stay in Rayagada town. Accordingly, he had come to Rayagada and had been staying in a room on the Rayagada district police office premises along with Special Police Officers since August 1. He was in extreme stress and used to reveal his fear about imminent death at the hands of naxals who had branded him a police informer.

The mental pressure might have driven him to suicide, police said. He committed suicide while his room-mate had gone out. Police registered a case.

  • Branded a police informer, he had received threats from naxals
  • Fearing attack, he had been staying on district police office premises

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