Bhubaneswar: Maoists on Monday night killed a college student on suspicion of his being a police informer at Kuimunda village under Boden police limits of Nuapada district. The rebels held a praja court (kangaroo court), which pronounced death for the youth.
The deceased, a Plus III second year student, was identified as Gajapati Majhi, 20. In 2015, the extremists had kidnapped him, but released him later.
Police said Majhi was returning home after attending a social function when the rebels intercepted him and took him to their camp.
He was beaten up by the ultras, who forced him to confess that he was police informer, before shooting him dead.
A single bullet wound was found on his chest. He succumbed to his injuries, said SP (Nuapada) Pinak Mishra, adding, Majhi was living in the village located inside the Sunabeda sanctuary, a Maoist stronghold.
From this incident, it seems the Red rebels are targeting educated youths since it is not easy for them to indoctrinate the educated mass, said the police officer. The youth stayed in a remote area of the district and had no connection with police or security forces, he said.
The rebels think they would create a fear psychosis among the educated youths by killing one, he added.
Official sources said there is a CRPF camp at Boden to keep the Maoists at bay. Because of the hilly terrain, it takes about five to six hours for the CRPF personnel to reach the villages.
The area remained inaccessible until we started combing operation recently, said the SP.
According to official sources, the Left-wing extremists have been using Sunabeda to hide, launch operations and shuttle between Odisha and Chhattisgarh since 2009.
In November, 2015 the CRPF, Special Operations Group and District Voluntary Force personnel recovered 689 detonators, 10 tiffin bombs and a gun at Patadarah in the district.
This was the largest recovery in past seven years. Each tiffin bomb weighed around 20 kg. Besides explosive materials, the security personnel also recovered live wires (used in detonation), ammonium nitrate and Maoist uniforms and leaflets.