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Devbrat Patnaik

Kandhamal: Panic gripped Baliguda area on Saturday after Maoists brutally murdered two villagers in Belaghara police limits of the district on the suspicion of being police informers.

While one body was lying in a pool of blood near Bhandarangi panchayat office, the body of other person was recovered from near Guchaguda village, sources said.

The red rebels have hacked these two men to death by branding them as police informers when five members of the CPI-Maoists were gunned down by security forces in September last year. After the incident, the ultras belonging to the Bansadhara-Ghumsar-Nagabali division of the banned CPI(Maoist) also put up posters claiming responsibility for the killings.

The posters found, mentioned that these two men had given inputs to police about the Maoist hideout which led to the death of five members of the division that included four women.

They have now warned other police informers to surrender in 15 days, failing which the village will see a bloodbath.

"We have complete knowledge of all those are providing inputs to police. All informers should surrender before the Jan Adalat in 15 days, or else they too will suffer the same fate. Those who choose not to surrender will be awarded death penalty," stated the poster, adding that Naveen Patnaik government, Odisha Police DG Abhay and IG (Intelligence) RK Sharma will be held responsible for the loss of lives.

In another poster, the Maoist leader has requested the people of the Gond tribe to 'bring their children to the right path'. "The youths are being brainwashed and subsequently they are becoming informers. They should mend their ways instead of launching a revolt against us," the poster stated.

On September 9, the SOG along with the Kalahandi DVF launched a combing operation based on intelligence inputs regarding presence of ultras in the Bhandarangi Sirki forest area on the Kalahandi-Kandhamal border. In the gunfight, five Maoists were killed, and two personnel of Odisha Police's Special Operation Group (SOG) - Sudhir Kumar Tudu (28) of Mayurbhanj district and Debasis Sethi (27) of Angul - also lost their lives.

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