Local BJD leader shot dead by suspected Maoist



Rourkela: A local BJD leader and businessman was gunned down by suspected Maoists in Rangangpur area of Odisha's Sundargarh district, police said on Sunday.

The bullet-riddled body of Hardeep Singh, a resident of Kansbahal who had been taken away from his house by some people last night, was found near Bilegarh this morning, sub-divisional police officer S Panigrahi said.

"His body was found lying near Bilegarh with gunshot marks," he said. Besides, a hand written poster was found from the spot which claimed that People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) was responsible for the killing, Panigrahi said?

While PLFI claims itself to be a Maoist outfit, police officers say it is actually a criminal group based in Gumla.

A few days ago, both the Rourkela and Sundergarh police in separate operations busted a major network of the organisation and arrested some of its major masterminds, including Arjun Thakur from Rourkela and Dhanjaya Bhuyan from Kuanrmunda.

PTI