Red terror makes a comeback

Bhubaneswar: Red terror has made a comeback in Odisha after a brief lull following the release of abducted MLA Jhina Hikaka on April 26. Before the state could heave a sigh of relief after the prolonged triple abductions involving two Italian hostages and a ruling party MLA, Maoists have abducted and killed assistant sub-inspector Krupa Ram Majhi in Nuapada district on Tuesday.

Majhi, a tribal cop posted in Dharambandha police outpost, was intercepted while he was escorting a water tanker to a nearby CRPF camp near Lodra in Nuapada district. The Left-wing extremists, true to their character, killed him in a barbaric way by tying his hands and legs and spraying bullets on him from close range.

The Nuapada district police have already traced and located the slain cop’s corpse, but the tell-tale injury marks on Majhi’s body bear the brutal trademark signature of the Maoists from Mainpuri Division belonging predominantly to Chhattisgarh. So far, the Maoists have not revealed the reasons why they dealt with Majhi in such a barbaric manner. Perhaps, the Maoists detested Majhi escorting the water tanker to the CRPF camp and the Red extremists perhaps wanted to send a stern warning to other cops not to escort the water tankers in future to the CRPF camp.

The killing has brought to the fore the dangers lurking in Maoist terrains where the cops are fending for themselves sans even drinking water. It’s certainly a wake-up call for the governments—both at the State and Centre—to provide basic amenities to our forces fighting the hidden guerrillas, who have no compunction to kill a tribal officer in cold blood.