Monday, March 30, 2009
Report by Deba Prasad Dash; Malkangiri: As the polling day is coming closer, the Maoist violence is on rise in the district. The killing of former Malkangiri Zilla Parishad President Nanda Kumar Kartami by the suspected Maoists near Sikhpalli some 15 km from here on Saturday night has further aggravated the situation.
But, many still believes that political rivalry may be the reason behind the killing of Kartami as he was a good leader and had strong influence in the area. According to reports,Kartami who resigned from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) recently was killed by a group of unidentified men on the Sikhpalli-Podia main road when he was passing the road by a motor cycle at about 9 pm on Saturday night.
The unidentified men were also set the motor cycle on fire. Kartami has received bullet injuries on his forehead and two bullets were also found lying near the dead body. As the suspension over the killing of the tribal leader continues, the locals have urged the police to have a enquiry into the matter to reveal the truth.
TIMES OF INDIA
29 Mar 2009, 2346 hrs IST, Satyanarayan Pattnaik, TNN
KORAPUT: Continuing their well-calibrated offensive to destabilize the poll process in southern Orissa, Maoists gun downed a former BJP leader and
zilla parishad president in Malkangiri district on Saturday night.
Villagers recovered the body of Nanda Kumar Kartani (50) near Sikpali Chowck in the Kalimela police station area on Sunday.
According to police, Kartani was on way to his village Uskelbada from Malkangiri riding a motorcycle. A group of Maoists waylaid him near Sikpali just after 8 pm. The Red rebels pumped three bullets from a 9mm pistol into him from close range. The assailants also set fire to his motorcycle.
"The reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. The Maoists have not left any letter near the victim's body, which they generally do after they kill someone. We have recovered the body and investigation is on," SP (Malkangiri) Satya Brata Bhoi said.
Residents said Kartani was popular tribal leader. He was under the Maoist scanner because of his association with BJP, but he had severed his ties with the saffron party a few days ago.
Saturday's incident came close on the heels of a recent Maoist attack in Padia. The Maoists had destroyed a police outpost, set fire to a BSNL telephone exchange and damaged a government building during an hour-long mayhem on March 24.
In the past one month, Red rebels have attacked several government buildings, particularly schools and a couple of police posts which will house security personnel on election duty. The rebels had also eliminated a contractor in the district. They have also launched a poster campaign, threatening vehicle owners in the district not to use their vehicles in the poll process.