Rayagada: The Maoists today released four residents of Badadenguni village in the district who were abducted four days ago.
The villagers- Bali Karkaria,Tela Karkaria, Nepal Takri, and Hara Takri- were kidnapped by armed extremists on Sunday suspecting them to be police informers.
No complaint was lodged with police by the families, Bisam Katak SDPO said. However, police had intensified combing operation after the incident.
Police suspected the hand of Vamsadhara-Ghumura-Nagavali division of Maoists behind the abduction as the group is active in the district.
Sources said at least 10 armed naxals barged into the houses of the villagers on Sunday night and dragged them out. After the incident, panic gripped the area.