Friday, May 29, 2009

Red rebels gun down Malkangiri contractor

29 May 2009, 2206 hrs IST, Satyanarayan Pattnaik, TNN

KORAPUT: Maoists gunned down a 36-year-old contractor in Malkangiri district on Friday. Police have identified the body Badrinarayan Patro, who had
figured in the Red rebels' hit list for "acting as a police informer".

Police said around 3 pm a group of armed Maoists waylaid Patro at Mantriput Ghat Road, which lies about 52 km from the district headquarters town of Malkangiri. The Chitrakonda native was on his way to Chitrakonda on his motorcycle. The rebels assaulted him before shooting him at close range.

"The rebels fired one bullet each at the victim's head and chest. But we don't know yet why they killed Patro. The killers did not leave behind any letter or poster," Malkangiri sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Anup Sahu said.

Sources said Maoists might have targeted Patro on suspicion of being a police informer as he and his brother shared a close relation with the cops. As a contractor, he had constructed a few buildings for the police department. Patro was also the president of Chitrakonda Market Union.

However, police denied that Patro was a police informer. "Never did we we get any information from him. The killers must have had some other motive. An investigation is on. Forces have been deployed near the scene of the killing," Sahu said.

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