Maoists kill two villagers in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Maoists gunned down two tribal men at a village in Malkangiri district suspecting them to be police informers, barely 12 days after killing a tribal in the Naxal-hit district, police said today.

A group of armed ultras stormed into Kanaguda village under Kalimela police station limit and took away Soma Madkami and Rama Madhi from their houses last night and their bullet riddled bodies were found in the village outskirts this morning, Inspector In-Charge of Kalimela Police station B Nanda said.

The red rebels had asked the duo, aged between 25 and 30 years, to accompany them into the nearby forest for a meeting, he said.

A police team was sent after information about the villagers spotting the bullet-riddled bodies along a forest road on the outskirt of the village was received, Nanda said.

A hand written message recovered from the site stated that Madkami and Madhi were punished for operating as informers of the police and assisting them in anti-Naxal drive, the police said.

The message also claimed that the duo helped in the surrender of a large number of Maoist supporters before the police in the district, they said.

Steps were being taken to step up combing and patrolling by the security forces in the area after the incident, they said.

The killing came close on the heels of gunning down of Arjun Khara (40) of Kandhaguda village on October 3 night.