Friday, May 29, 2009

Maoists kill contractor

;Statesman News Service
MALKANGIRI, 29 MAY: Armed Naxals shot dead a contractor Badri Patra at Mantriamba, two kms from Chitrakonda town today.
Police sources said Patra was shot from close range. No leaflet or letter claiming responsibility for the killing was found at the spot.
CRPF and Special Operation Group units were pressed into action to try and nab the Naxals.
The shocking murder took place this afternoon and it triggered widespread resentment in Chitrakonda area.
Patra was the president of Childrakonda Market Committee. All shops and business establishments in the town remained closed today as news of the killing reached the market place this afternoon.
Police claimed to have launched a manhunt for the killers but locals here are skeptical. "We are yet to hear of a single so-called combing operation succeeding in nabbing Naxals," said a shopkeeper.
This is the second such murder in a month. In February this year Naxals had eliminated another contractor at Govindpalli and more recently they had killed a person in Koraput district. The killings establish the fact that armed Naxals pick their target and carry out their "death sentence" almost at will and escape. It is a free run for them, remark anguished locals here.

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