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Two traders killed in Orissa by Maoists
The Maoist violence continues unabated. In a recent incident a landlord was shot dead by the Naxals in Orissa. The ultras have given a bandh call on June 24 in protest against the central and state government's policy to curb the Naxal movement.

A LANDLORD, who was also into money lending, of Nilabadi village under Bandhugaon block in Koraput district bordering Andhra Pradesh was shot dead by armed Maoists late night on Sunday (June 22). The deceased has been identified as Balram Sahukar (Sunidhi family).

Nilabadi is few yards from the two camps of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) deployed within the radius of 16 kms to curb Naxal activities. The Maoists warned him four times to return the gold, mortgaged with him, to the tribals. A day before the incident they even pasted posters warning him to return the gold or face the consequence.

On reaching Balaram’s house they asked him to return the gun, which he had, before killing him. He promised to return the gun in a couple of days. The Maoists did not heed to his request and fired two rounds at him.

This is the second incident in 15 days and fifth in Bandhugaon block and adjourning block Narayanapatna police limits in sixth months. About 15 persons, mainly contractors executing the works under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), liquor vendors and jaggiri sellers (Jaggiri is main component for manufacturing liquor) are in the Maoist hit list. Their names have been listed and pasted on walls in their respective villages.

About 30 families from Narayanapatna and Bandhugaon (Sundhi families) have migrated to Andhra Pradesh out of fear. Superintendent of police, Deepak Kumar already intimated them (those who are in the hit list of Maoists) to take precautions as it is not possible to provide security to all.

In an another incident, according the SMS received by this author, Mohan Jaipal, the son of a prominent trader was killed by the Maoists in the early hours of Monday (June 23). The incident occurred at his residence in Raibagh in Jagatsinghpur district bordering Jharkhand. The Raibagh station is manned by the police officials without arms and ammunition. The arms and ammunition were withdrawn from the police station out of Naxals’ fear, the police sources said.

Now the tension is prevailing in the undivided Koraput district of Orissa, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh and in the state of Chhattishgarh because of the bandh call given by the Naxals on June 24 in protest against the central and state government’s policy to curb the Naxal movement in their liberated zones.

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