The Left-wing extremists are at it again in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The insurgents killed husband of a gram sevika late on Sunday night taking the toll to 45 this year alone.
According to reports, a group of armed naxalites stormed Kothi village under Bhamragarh tehsil on Sunday night and enquired about Mahendra Bawankar (32), husband of gram sevika Jyoti Bawankar.
The district police said that rebels reached the house of Bawankar but he was not there at that time. They waited for Mahendra and when he approached his house at 1.30 am, they dragged him away. The rebels gunned him down in front of his family members on Monday early morning, accusing him of being a police informer.
"The deceased had no link whatsoever with the police," claims Vijay Sagar, deputy superintendent of police, South Gadchiroli.
Earlier, a group of armed naxals attacked a CRPF party near Bhimankoji forest area of north Gadchiroli on Sunday morning and triggered a powerful landmine blast. Two CRPF jawans were injured in the encounter.
The naxals have killed around 45 villagers after branding them police informers this year. Among the Maoist victims, few were surrendered naxals.
Incidentally, the house of Bawankar at Kothi where Mahendra was shot dead, is just 100 metres from the police outpost.
A combing search operation is on by the security personnel in the region after the murder of Bawankar, informs Sagar, the dy SP.