Rourkela: Two persons were shot dead by suspected members of the `Pahadi Cheetah` gang in Odisha`s Sundargarh district in the early hours on Saturday.
The two, Patas Dungdung and Raj Kumar Khuntia, were dragged out of their homes at Thetheitangar village under Talsara police station around 1:00 am and shot dead, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Sundargarh, Suresh Chandra Mishra said.
The gang also exploded a country made bomb before escaping, he said.
Both Dungdung and Khuntia were small time contractors and could have been killed suspecting them to be police informers, Mishra said.
The SDPO said "This is not the handiwork of Maoists as we found neither any poster nor any Maoist literature from the spot. Besides, the killers did not shout slogans as Maoists do."
The incident was reminiscent of the attack by the Pahadi Cheeta gang two of whose members were killed in an encounter with the police yesterday, police sources said.