After a month’s lull in violence ravaged Kandhamal, suspected Maoists on Wednesday gunned down a local RSS leader sparking fresh tension in the area.
RSS leader Dhanu Pradhan, who was said to be on the Maoists’ hitlist, was gunned down by three suspected extremists at Kumarigaon village under Brahmanigaon police station area in Kandhamal at 1:00 PM, sources said.
The Maoists had earlier claimed that they killed VHP leader Swami Laxamananda Saraswati on August 23, which sparked communal violence in the state.
“We have information that a person has shot dead, but we are yet to confirm on the identity of the victim and the killers,” DIG, Southern Range, R S Koche said over phone.
Senior officials, including Kandhamal Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar, along with CRPF personnel, have rushed to the spot.
“We have rushed additional forces, including the CRPF to the village which is nearly 20 km from Brahmanigaon police station,” an official at the police station said.
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