Maoists abduct 5 villagers, loot 3 houses

Malkangiri: At least five persons were abducted by armed Maoists who also looted three houses, including that of a policeman, at a remote village in Malkangiri district, police said on Wednesday.

The rebels raided Potteru village under MV-79 police station, about 85 km from here along Andhra Pradesh border last night and called the five persons out of their houses, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Anirudh Singh said.

The five persons, including a village head and a ward member, were then taken into dense forests nearby by the ultras, he said adding the kidnapped persons were yet to be traced.

Villagers said the Naxals described the hostages as "police informers".

Forming separate groups, the ultras also looted at least three houses in the village including that of a special police officer (SPO), Ramachandra Madkami, and decamped with valuables and household items, police said.