Gadchiroli: A former deputy sarpanch of Godalwahi village in Dhanora taluka of Maharashtra was allegedly murdered by the Maoists as they suspected him to be a police informer.
A Maoist unit reached Deorao Kirange's (26) residence, woke him up, took him outside the village and shot him dead near a bridge on the Godalwahi-Kondawahi road last night, a police release said here today.
Deorao's body was found on the road this morning with a letter near his body in which the Maoists mentioned that Deorao was killed because he was a police informer, the release said.
The release issued by police identified Deorao Kirange (26) as the one who was allegedly murdered by the Maoists as they suspected him to be a police informer, though the police mentioned nothing about the victim.
The Maoists are observing 'Martyrs' Week' from July 28 in memory of their comrades who were killed in various police encounters.
The police have deployed large number of personnel in Maoist-affected areas in view of this development and kept a tight vigil.
An offence has been registered at the Godalwahi police assistance centre against the Maoists and anti-Maoist operations have been intensified in the area after the incident, the release said.
According to the police release, the Maoists murdered Deorao to spread terror in the area and oppose developmental works,
A few days ago they had also killed a sarpanch of Damrancha village, the release said.