Naxals killed two villagers at Kishtapur in Gadchiroli on Monday night, police said on Tuesday.
“Raju Ajmera, a kirana shopkeeper, and Laxman Sidam, a farm labourer, both around 35 years of age, were called out by Naxals and questioned over their alleged role as police informers. They refuted the charge, but the Naxals repeated the allegations and also beat them up. Some villagers opposed the Naxal action, but they were also beaten up. Thereafter, the Naxals took the two away from the village asked them to run and shot them from behind,” Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Suvez Haq told The Indian Express.
Haq denied that Ajmera and Sidam were police informers. “Only Sidam occasionally performed skits at our Jan Jagran Melawas (public awareness rallies),” he added.
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Incidentally, there was a police-Naxal encounter near the village a few months ago and the Naxals suspected that the two could have tipped off the police then.
They had reportedly assaulted Sidam earlier too.
Naxal violence against civilians tagged as police informers had drastically come down last year when only nine such murders took place, as against 24 in 2012, 40 in 2011, 32 in 2010 and 37 in 2009.
The year 2013 also witnessed one of the highest number of Naxal casualties, 26, in police encounters.