Sunday, April 13, 2008

Police informers under Maoist scanner, 5 gunned down in a week in Malkangiri

This should be the policy everywere..

The Police informers in Orissa's Malkangiri district under the South-Western police range have been under serious scanner of the outlawed CPI (Maoists). This was evident from the fact that at least five villagers, reportedly working as police informers, have been gun down by the rebels in a week in the half of April.

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.

On Saturday, the left wing guerrillas gun down Urubali village head 30 year old Raba Suba under Motu police limits for his close proximity with the district police.

According to unofficial records, at least 15 villagers have been gun down by the red rebels during the last two years.

Similarly on April 5, Maoists guerillas had gunned down 40-year-old Sayam Lacha and injured another at a wedding at Ragadpali village, while 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.

Earlier, they had also killed to villagers including one police informer.

Meanwhile, the continuing attacks on police informers have sent a shock wave among the people of the district. The attack may have certain impacts, when the started work for its pilot project in the district, fears anti-Maoists operation security officials.

"We are planning to star civic action programme by organising public relations and health camps, sports tournaments and participation in tribal festivals but frequent attack on villagers would further widened the fear," a senior police official said.

Police sources believed that the change in strategies on part of the rebels might be taken in the wake of inter- State joint task force for Orissa-Andhra Pradesh and Orissa-Jharkhand border being formed by the security forces.

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