Naxals kill former sarpanch
Another civilian fell prey to Maoists’ bullets in Gadchiroli. A former deputy sarpanch, who also worked as road contractor, was shot dead by naxalites at Murumgaon, bordering Chhattisgarh in Gadchiroli district todat afternoon. Pradip Kumar Maitra reports.india Updated: Jun 25, 2011 17:12 IST
Another civilian fell prey to Maoists’ bullets in Gadchiroli. A former deputy sarpanch, who also worked as road contractor, was shot dead by naxalites at Murumgaon, bordering Chhattisgarh in Gadchiroli district on Saturday afternoon.
According to reports, a group of naxalites stormed the residence of Ramchandra Bahirwar (58) and called him outside to talk. The naxalites spoke to Bahirwar 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, the victim was a road contractor 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 naxalite hideouts.
Naxals now target the village heads and persons, whom they suspect to be working for the police as informers.
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 the district police superintendent’s office, the left wing extremists have killed as many as 15 villagers on the suspicion of acting as police informers since January this year.