Malkanagiri : Maoists gunned down another person on Thursday in outlawed Maoists stronghold Malkangiri district suspecting him as police informer.
The gruesome killing of police informers continues where as top mandarins of the State Home Department here are busy in preparing a holistic plan for the Rebels stronghold areas in Malkangiri and Rayagada, which will be submitted to Union Home Ministry by end of April.
Bullet riddled body of a 25 year unidentified man, was found lying on a highway near Telrai village in the district, some 750 kilometers away from the State Capital.
Malkangiri SDPO Sanjeev Arora said over phone that the rebels have fired two bullets on him and fled away from the spot.
Police said the Maoists might have suspected the man of spying on them. "We are trying to identify the deceased and body has been sent for postmortem," Arora added.
On last Saturday, the left wing guerrillas had gun down Urubali village head 30 year old Raba Suba under Motu police limits for his close proximity with the district police.
Similarly on on April 5, Maoists guerillas had gunned down 40-year-old Sayam Lacha and injured another at a wedding at Ragadpali village in the district.
On April 9, Maoists had shot dead a village head at Peta village 55 year old Madkami Kanha under Motu police station area, 100 km from Malkangiri headquarters town.
The rebels are now on very offensive, which was evident from the fact that at least six villagers, reportedly working as police informers, have been gun down by the rebels in April alone.
In the past three months they have killed at least eight villagers in Malkangiri district, suspecting them to be police spies. Police sources believed that the change in strategies on part of the rebels might be the taken in the wake of inter- State joint task force for Orissa-Andhra Pradesh and Orissa-Jharkhand border being formed by the security forces.
Southern-most District, Malkangiri shares its southern and eastern borders with Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Khammam Districts of Andhra Pradesh, while in the west it is bordered by Chhattisgarh's Bastar District.
Only its northern border retains a link with the State through the Koraput District. Nearly 52 percent of the District is forested. The hilly terrain of the Eastern Ghats and the dense forests running through the District accentuate its remoteness and inaccessibility, which helps the rebels to run away successfully after attacking on villagers.
Orissa had a large number of small population villages, particularly in tribal dominated districts. Maoists were taking advantage in tribal dominated districts due to certain gaps in the schemes, a former DGP said.