Maoists slit to death contractor

Koraput: Maoists struck again and killed a contractor suspecting him to be a police informer in Koraput district on Friday. Police said the body of the contractor, identified as Jami Prasad of Narayanpatna, was spotted with his throat slit and lying in a pool of blood near Jetal by villagers in the early hours of the day.

The man was suspected to have been killed late Thursday night while returning from his work site, sub-divisional police officer, Laxmipur, Y J Rao said.

An assistant sub-inspector of police was kidnapped by Maoists and shot dead in cold blood in a forested area in Nuapada district bordering Chhatisgarh on May 8.

The killing came close on the heels of kidnap of two Italians in Kandhamal district and BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka in Koraput district by two different Maoist groups. All three were subsequently released unharmed.