BHOPAL/JABALPUR: A 45-year-old man was abducted and shot dead by Maoists on suspicion of being a police informer in Balaghat district ofMadhya Pradesh
late on Tuesday night.
The deceased has been identified as Bhagchand Adme, resident of village Bamhani under Bithali police station.
This village is located close to Maoist-controlled core area of Kanha National park.
A hand-written pamphlet was found near his body, saying he wasan informer and therefore he is being ‘sentenced to death’.
His wife Hemlata told the media that around seven to eight armed men came to her house and abducted Bhagchand at gunpoint.
They had assured her that Bhagchand would be returned after questioning.
She said that armed persons, who were in a certain uniform, had told family members that they would return Bhagchand after questioning him.
When he didn’t return for two hours, family members initiated a search only to find him dead with a wound on his forehead. Police sources said that Bhagchand was shot at from point blank range.
Balaghat superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Tiwari told media that search operations were underway.
Members of Malajkhand Area Committee of Tada Dalamare suspected to be behind this murder.
Last year a 30-year-old man, who had returned from Hyderabad following the Covid-19 lockdown, was shot dead by alleged Maoists in the same region on suspicion of being a police informer.
The victim, Sonu Tekam, was killed and his body was found the next morning beside a road.
A handwritten note left in the body warned that all police informers would receive the same punishment. Some Maoist literature was found in his pocket. Sonu had worked at a construction site in Hyderabad for three years and returned to his village, Pujari Tola, along with thousands others in the lockdown. His father, Cheta Tekam, told police that a youngster living in the neighbourhood led him away and his body was found dumped on the roadside the next day.
Sonu was shot dead at close range.
This is the fifth murder byMaoists in Balaghat
in three years.
In June 2019, a 40-year-old man was tortured, stabbed and shot dead after being accused of being a police informer.
The victim, Brajlal Munda of Pikona village, was dragged out of his house by members of Malanjkhand Dalam, say police.
They beat him mercilessly, and then tortured him for an hour during which they stabbed him repeatedly. Finally, he was shot at point blank range.
There had been a spurt in Maoist activity in Balaghat ever since the new Gadchiroli-Rajnandgaon-Balaghat (GRB) zone was set up.
This region straddles the tri-junction ofMaharashtra
and Madhya Pradesh