Maoists kill Orissa village leader

April 9th, 2008 - 10:53 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, April 9 (IANS) Maoists Wednesday brutally killed a village leader in Orissa’s Malkangiri district, the police said. A group of Maoists entered Peta village, some 700 from here, and dragged Kanha Madkami to a nearby forest and slashed his neck with weapons.

The 50-year-old managed to escape, but they shot him dead, a district police official told IANS. Madkami died on his way to hospital.

The rebels who claim to be fighting for the cause of the poor and downtrodden are active in more than half of Orissa’s 30 districts. They often attack police and landlords.

In February, they killed 14 policemen in multiple attacks on police stations and a government armoury in the state’s Nayagarh district.

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