Less than three days after Maoists shot dead an assistant sub-inspector of police in Nuapada district,the body of a contractor with his throat slit by the rebels was found in Koraput district on Friday morning.
J Rajendra Prasad,40,of Narayanpatna,was engaged in the construction of a culvert between Laxmipur and Narayanpatna in Koraput.
His body was spotted near Jetal by villagers. Laxmipur SDPO Y J Rao said a letter bearing the signature of Daya,secretary of Koraput-Srikakulam Divisional Committee of Maoists,and accusing the
contractor of helping the police,was recovered from Prasads pocket. The Maoists alleged that he was helping construct police camps in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna blocks, said Rao.
On Tuesday,Maoists had gunned down an ASI of Nuapada,Krupa Ram Majhi,when he was escorting a water tanker to a nearby CRPF centre. Last week,Maoists had killed another contractor,Subala Sil,in Malkangiri district,by slitting his throat,alleging him to be a police informer. Sil was undertaking repair work of canal embankments and village roads. A day before,Maoists had gunned down Balaram Nayak,a 35-year-old farmer in Tentuligumma village of Koraput district,for allegedly working as a police informer.
The Ministry of Home Affairs,in an advisory to the Orissa government,has asked the state to rework its strategy to deal with the rebels. The advisory sent by Home Secretary R K Singh said Orissa was the only state where activities of CPI (Maoists) were spreading to new areas at an alarming rate without requisite counter-measures by the state government. Quoting inputs of Intelligence Bureau,the advisory said the Maoists had consolidated their presence on Orissa-Chhattisgarh border taking advantage of the BJD MLA and the Italian tourist abduction crisis.
Due to lack of operations by security forces,Naxals are reported to have decided to exploit the circumstances to further consolidate their influence and spread across several districts, the advisory said,asking the state to launch an anti-Naxal operation. The ministry also cited several instances of Naxal violence and the governments failure to check the menace despite having a strong presence of Central paramilitary forces.
Maoist-ULFA nexus proved: Gogoi
Guwahati: With Paresh Barua,leader of the anti-talk faction of ULFA,extending moral support to the Maoist movement,the nexus between the two have been proved beyond doubt,Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Friday. I have been so long saying that there is a suspicion that the ULFA had a nexus with the Maoists. Yesterday Paresh Barua proved it beyond doubt by extending support to the Maoists, Gogoi said. Barua had on Thursday issued an e-mailed statement that said: We have moral support for the Maoist movement in India because it is for social and economic justice. Moreover,we have a common enemy.