Malkangiri: At least five persons
were abducted by armed Maoists, who also looted three houses, including that of a policeman, at a remote village in Orissa`s Malkangiri district, police said Wednesday.
The ultras raided Potteru village under MV-79 police station, about 85 km from here, along Andhra Pradesh border
last night and called five persons out of their houses,
Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Anirudh Singh said.
The five persons, including a village head and a ward
member, were then taken into dense forests by the ultras, he
said, adding the kidnapped persons were yet to be traced.
The Naxals described the hostages as "police informers".
Forming separate groups, the ultras also looted at
least three houses in the village, including that of a special
police officer (SPO), Ramachandra Madkami, and decamped with
valuables and household items, police said.