In yet another instance of violence, the naxalites of CPI (Maoist) killed a tribal on Sunday at Upadli village under Dhanora tahsil, bordering Chhattisgarh, in Gadchiroli district, alleging him of being police informer.
According to reports reaching here this evening, a group of armed Maoists came to the village on Friday and forcibly took away Srikant Telenge (32), the victim. Naxalites suspected that Srikant used to work as a police informer.
They had given warnings to him several times; and finally on Friday they reached the house of Srikant and despite the opposition from his wife and family members took him away. His dead body was found near road side at Upadli village only on Sunday morning.
On Saturday, a former deputy sarpanch, Ramchandra Bahirwar (58), who also worked as road contractor, was shot dead by naxalites near the police outpost at Murumgaon under Dhanora tahsil in the district.
A group of naxalites stormed the residence of Bahirwar and called him outside to talk. The naxalites spoke to the former deputy sarpanch for about five minutes. There ensued a heated exchange of words between them that led the Naxals gunning him down.
Bahirwar sustained severe bullet injuries and was immediately rushed to Dhanora civil hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The motive behind the murder could not be immediately known, but sources believe that the Left-wing extremists suspected that the former deputy sarpanch worked for the police. This apart, since the victim was a road contractor too and the naxalites vehemently opposed the construction of roads in the district. The Naxals believe that road gives the access to the police to reach villages and naxalites hideouts.
Naxals now target the village heads and persons, whom they suspect to be working for the police as informers.
Earlier, the Maoists killed a middle-aged former sarpanch of Kurupalli in Gadchiroli district in April last year. Naxalites had then dragged Malliya Gawde, the sarpanch of the village from his house and attacked him with an axe. Similarly, they killed a deputy sarpanch of Bedampalli village in the district in December 2009 after branding him as a police informer.
Vikas Dange, the in-charge of Murumgaon police station informed that after attacking the former deputy sarpanch Bahirwar, rebels, who had come there in plain clothes, fled from the village. "Now combing operation is on in the area to apprehend the Maoists," the police officer further informed.
According to district police superintendent's office, the Left-wing extremists have killed as many as 16 villagers on the suspicion of acting as police informers since January in 2011.