A group of suspected Maoists on Wednesday night gunned down a farmer in Koraput district on the suspicion that he was a police informer.
Officials said a group of armed Maoists came to the house of Balaram Nayak,a 35-year-old farmer in Tentuligumma village under Baoipariguda police station,and asked him to follow them. On Thursday morning,Nayaks bullet-ridden body was found in a pool of blood about two kilometres from the village.
The Maoists fired two rounds at him, said a police official. A letter recovered from near his body alleged that Nayak was working as a police informer.
However,police denied they ever received any information from Nayak. This is the first instance that suspected Maoists have killed a civilian within Boipariguda police station limits. In Orissa,159 civilians have been killed by suspected Maoists since 2006.
Meanwhile,the police in Koraput removed the road blockades put up by Maoists between Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon. Maoists had done this to enforce their two-day bandh on April 20 and 21.