Saturday, October 14, 2006

Maoists strike again, kill village head at Malkangiri

Maoists strike again, kill village head at Malkangiri

Malkangiri, Oct. 13 (PTI): Suspected Maoist rebels shot dead a village head at MV-66 village under Kalimela police station in Orissa's Malkangiri district in the wee hours today, police said.

About 50 to 60 armed ultras, who included at least five women, dragged the village head Kartick Roy from his house at around 2 am saying he had to attend a meeting convened nearby.

As his family members resisted, they bound up his son Kishore and another relative before taking him away.

Family members said Roy's wife Shyamali followed them into the nearby jungle, but she was threatened and sent back.

The villagers heard a gunshot at around 2.30 am. Roy's blood splattered body was found on Kalimela-Malkangiri main road in the morning and an empty cartridge near it.

A note written in Oriya was pinned to the chest of the dead man which said "Anyone going against us will face such consequence" and "Police informers will be punished."

The superintendent of police, Malkangiri, Jatindra Koyal and other police officers had rushed to the village, about 40 km. from here, after receiving the information.

An official release issued in Bhubaneswar said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, now in New Delhi, has expressed grief over the killing and directed that an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh be paid to the victim's family.

Source: The Hindu

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