Chhattisgarh: According to officials, in the first incident, which occurred in Kanker, three people were killed by Maoists on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday: Kulle Katlami (35), Manoj Kovachi (age 22) and Dugge Kovachi (age 27), who reside in the village of Morkhandi.
Four villagers were killed by Maoists in two separate incidents in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker and Bijapur districts on suspicion of being police informers, according to officials familiar with the situation.
According to the officials mentioned above, Maoists also threw pamphlets claiming that the trio were acting as informers for C-60, a Maharashtra police anti-Naxal unit. – Chhattisgarh
A 40-year-old man was also killed by Maoists in Bijapur on suspicion of being a police informant, according to the report.
According to officials, the Maoists strangled Muchaki Linga of Galgam on the intervening nights of Wednesday and Thursday, and his body was later dumped on the roadside between Galgam and Nadpalli villages.
Following the killings, security forces have launched a regional search for the Maoists, according to officials.
Bijapur and Kanker are among the 20 assembly constituencies that will vote on November 7 in the first phase of the two-phased state assembly elections. The second phase of voting for the remaining 70 of the total 90 seats will take place on November 17.
Aside from Bijapur, elections in the first phase will be held on November 7 in the Naxal-hit Bastar division and four other districts, including Rajnandgaon, Mohla-Manpur-Ambagarh Chowki, Kabirdham, and Khairagarh-Chhuikhadan-Gandai.
According to the police, Maoists have killed over 1,700 innocent civilians and destroyed public property worth crores of rupees over the last four decades.
According to a top police official, the native population of Bastar is frustrated and irritated by the destructive attitude of the Naxals and is looking forward to a more positive environment.