Berhampur, Sept 13 (LocalWire): Panic gripped the Kurtamgarh panchayat area in Kandhamal district as some hand-written posters and banners threatening a former Sarpanch were put up by Maoists.
The posters depicted Maoists who have been killed in recent police encounters as martyrs, and demanded that Sunday be observed as martyrs’ day.
The police suspected that some local people might have put up the hand-written posters and banners in the name of Maoists to create mischief.
“We are verifying the genuineness of the posters and banners,” said SP of Kandhamal, Vinit Agrawal.
Combing operations were carried out in the area by security forces to thwart the rebels, officials said.
At least a dozen Maoists have been killed in Kandhamal district as well as its border area in Kalahandi on 3 occasions in the past two months.
The latest incident took place on September 9, where five ultras and two jawans were killed. The exchange of fire took place in Belaghar jungle in Kandhamal-Kalahandi border area, sources said.
Earlier, in the month of July, at least seven ultras-the members of the KKBN (Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh) of the banned CPI (Maoist) were gunned down by the security forces in Sirla jungle in Kandhamal in two separate gun-battles.