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Maoists kill village chief in Odisha

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 13:11

Bhubaneswar: Maoists have killed a tribal politician in Odisha`s Malkangiri district, police said Wednesday.

About 25 armed rebels dragged 50-year-old Madhav Kirsani from his house at Kurmanur village under Kalimela police station`s jurisdiction late Tuesday night and shot him at close range, district Superintendent of Police Akhileshwar Singh said.
The villagers spotted the body and informed the police Wednesday, he said.

Kirsani, a popular tribal leader in the area, was the sarpanch (village council chief) of the local panchayat, he added.
Maoists are active in more than half of the state`s 30 districts. Malkangiri district, over 600 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, is a Maoist stronghold. Kurmanur village is close to Odisha`s border with Andhra Pradesh.


First Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 13:11
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