Days after Maoists in Odisha abducted and released two Italians and a BJD MLA, the rebels struck again on Tuesday, abducting and killing an assistant sub-inspector of police in Nuapada district bordering Chhattisgarh.
Around noon, some 25 armed Maoists ambushed Kruparam Majhi, 45, the Dharambandha police outpost in-charge and constable Debaranjan Sahu, 30, in the Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary, a police officer said.
The two motorcycle-borne policemen were escorting a water tanker to a CRPF camp at a village 15 km from their outpost.
The Maoists cornered the vehicles in the sanctuary, set the tanker on fire and abducted Majhi while Sahu and the driver of the tractor towing the tanker escaped and raised an alarm.
The police found Majhi’s body near the CRPF camp. His hands were tied and he had been shot thrice. The 600 sq km wildlife sanctuary has been a safe haven for Maoists from Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Though Maoists have killed seven civilians in Nuapada since 2009, this is the first time a policeman has been murdered. In May 2011, the rebels killed 10 Chhattisgarh cops in the area.