July 24, 2015 2:35:23 am
Naxals killed a surrendered cadre in Kotmi area of Gadchiroli Tuesday on the suspicion that he was responsible for the recent spate of surrenders and arrests in the area.
Madhav Pada, 38, who had surrendered in November 2014, was stabbed to death near Zuri village, about 4 km from the new Kotmi police outpost. The Naxals left a note near Pada’s body, blaming him for the setbacks.
Kotmi police station was opened in February this year in the “most feared Naxal bastion” of Kasansur in Gadchiroli.
Since then, 13 Naxals from the area have surrendered and six arrested.
“They suspected Pada to be behind the unprecedented scale of surrenders and arrests,” said Inspector General of Police Ravindra Kadam.
Asked how Pada could be killed by Naxals despite the presence of two prominent police stations in the vicinity, Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said, “Though it’s true that Naxals are feeling the heat in the area, we are not claiming they are completely out of the place.
In fact, there is encounter in the area every 15 days, which shows the Naxals are trying hard to retain their foothold.”
He added, “While it is true that the spate of surrenders in the area started with Pada, who was a prominent militia commander, he was not instrumental in getting others surrender and arrested. That is perhaps why he did not expect the Naxals to harm him and went to meet them.”
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