Odisha: Maoists kill watchman, torch 5 vehicles in Kandhamal district
Maoists have gunned down a watchman at a road construction site in Odisha's Kandhamal district suspecting him to be a police informer, police said today. The armed Maoists struck at a contractor's camp at Patiamba under the jurisdiction of Phulbani Sadar police station late night yesterday, said Superintendent of Police from Kandhamal, Prateek Singh. Here are more details.
Ultras took watchman to the forest and shot him dead
Maoists also set ablaze three tractors, a road roller, and a truck engaged in the construction of a road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The ultras then took away the watchman, Rabindra Mallick, from the camp to the nearby forest and shot him dead. Before leaving the area, the Maoists put up some leaflets near the site, the SP said.
Security forces launch combing operation against the ultras
The leaflets mentioned that the attack was made by Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of the banned CPI (Maoist). It was stated in the leaflets that the watchman was killed as they suspected him to be an informer of the police, Singh said. A combing operation has been intensified by the security forces in the aftermath of the incident, he said.