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Naxals kill 5 informers within month in Gadchiroli


Pradip Kumar Maitra

Nagpur, March 1, 2007

Tension prevails in the tribal areas of Etapalli region in Gadchiroli district, bordering Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, over brutal killings of five villagers within a month by naxalites of CPI (Maoist) after dubbing them police informers.

The latest victim of the Maoist rebels was Patali Zhole of Tambda village in the district. The extremists killed the 40-year old Patali on Wednesday with sharp weapons. According to police, Zhole was woke up by the naxalites at midnight and was dragged him out from his house. They had taken him to nearby jungle and killed him there. The villagers found the dead body of Patali only in the morning. However, the district police denied that Patali had a link with the police. “He was never an informer for us,” asserted Shirish Jain, the district superintendent of police while talking to Hindustan Times.

Earlier, one Dolu Zhure, a police patil of Kamke village in the area was killed by naxalites on February 18. An eight-member squad stormed into the house of Dolu at midnight, dragged him out and gunned him down.

Similarly, Namdeo Bhilavi of Dubbagudam and Shyamrao Dhurve of Tambde village were hacked to deaths by Maoists last month. They also killed one Haridas Korami of Ghotsur on January 4 this year. Of them, Shyamrao was an ex-naxalite and surrendered before the police, a couple of years ago. He incurred the wrath of extremists for staying away from the organisation for quite some time. Almost all the cases, the naxalites left the village after warning the villagers that they should not cooperate police, otherwise face similar actions.

Meanwhile, the district administration perturbed over the sudden spurt of violence by the naxalites on the eve of Zilla Parishad elections. The naxalites have already given a poll boycott and warned the villagers to desist from all elections activities. “The recent naxalite violence is just an attempt to terrorise the innocent tribal to keep them away from the ZP elections process,” felt the district police super.

The district police sent a team to Tambda village on Thursday after the incident. “An intensified search operation has already begun in the area against naxalites after the incident,” Jain further informed Hindustantimes.com

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