A 45-year-old man was shot, allegedly by Maoist extremists, in Left-wing insurgency-hit Rayagada district of Odisha on suspicion of being a police informer, the police said on Monday.
According to police, the victim, Santosh Dandasena, was dragged out of his house and killed by suspected Maoist extremists, who also left two posters, warning people against working for the police. Dandasena’s body with bullet wounds was found 50 metres from his house.
“(Dandasena) was warned several times against giving any information to police, but he disobeyed the order and encouraged some youths of the village to become police informers. If these youths do not apologise, they will face similar consequences,” the poster stated.
Rayagada police have registered a case against 10 unidentified people under IPC Sections 143 (member of unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 302 (murder), among others, and relevant sections of Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
“None of the accused have been identified so far. We are trying to ascertain their identities. The area has LWE presence and we undertake regular combing operations there,” Rayagada SP, Vivekananda Sharma, told The Indian Express.
Rayagada is one of the state’s 10 districts affected by LWE. Since 2018, 11 districts have been declared not affected by LWE. In January, two people were killed in Kandhamal by Maoists, accusing them of being police informers.