Odisha: Maoists call for bandh in Koraput, Malkangiri to protest against ‘fake’ encounter
Koraput: The Maoists today claimed that the two persons, who were killed in police encounter in Malipadar forests under Boipariguda block of Koraput district on November 10, had no links with the Left Wing Extremism (LWE).
Deceased Dhana Khamar of Sargiguda village under Malkangiri police limits and Jaya Kumar Nag of Nuagada village under Kosagumuda police limits in Nabarangpur district were labourers and the duo was no way related to the LWE, said the Malkangiri-Koraput Border Division of Maoists in a press statement and audio message today.
The Maoists have called for a bandh in Malkangiri and Koraput districts on November 18 to protest against the fake encounter.
“The police have killed two labourers in a fake encounter in Malipadar forests. There must be a judicial probe into the incident,” said the Maoists.
Earlier, hundreds of villagers, including the family members of Khamar, had blocked NH-326 near Kotameta demanding a compensation of Rs 30 lakh to his family.
They claimed that Khamar was a labourer and he was travelling to Kotpad through Malipadar forests on November 10. The police force killed him by branding him as a Maoist.
The road blockade disrupted traffic between Malkangiri and Jeypore. Vehicular traffic was restored on the road after police detained the agitators, sources said.