Maoists kill panchayat secretary in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Naxalites in the Maoist-hit Bijapur district
of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday killed a panchayat secretary, police said here on
Hingaram Kodiyam, cousin brother of late Chinnaram
Gota, who was a leader of the erstwhile anti-naxalite movement Salwa Judum, was
killed by ultras near Keshkutul village under Bhairmgarh police station limits
last night, Bijapur additional superintendent of police Indira Kalyan Elesela said.
Prima facie, it appears that the victim was killed
with sharp-edged weapons, the ASP said.
According to villagers, a group of naxalites stormed
into the victim’s house yesterday in Kehskutul village where he is the
Panchayat Secretary and dragged him out of his home. Kodiyam’s body was found
lying in a pool of blood in a restive patch of Bhairamgarh-Kutru road this
morning, the ASP said.
Soon after receiving information, security forces were
immediately dispatched to the spot, the official said, adding, Kodiyam’s body
has been recovered. The reason behind the attack was yet to be known, he said,
adding that security forces have launched combing in the region to nab the
A former Janpad member and influential Salwa Judum
leader, Chinnaram Gota was gunned down by Maoists in Bijapur in December 2012. A
police jawan, who was guarding him, had also lot his life in the incident.
Later, the elder brother of Gota, Banshilal was also killed by naxals in May
Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist civil militia, was
disarmed and disbanded in the state following the Supreme Court order declaring
as illegal and unconstitutional the deployment of tribal youth as special
police officers in the fight against Maoist insurgency.