Raipur: Maoists have killed at least ten villagers in the Abhujmad area of Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Narayanpur district after suspecting them to be informers in the last few days, police said on Tuesday.
"The incidents took place at various villages located inside the core area of Abhujmad under Narayanpur and Orchha police station limits during the past week," a senior police officer told PTI.
So far police had received specific information about the killing of ten villagers by the ultras, he said, adding that security forces had been rushed to these villages. The forces have been directed to be extra cautious while moving into the forests so as not to fall into any trap, he said.
"We have reports of the four murders in past two-three days in remote pockets of Abhujmad," Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.
There were similar reports from elsewhere too and police teams had been sent to verify them, he said.
According to police sources, some senior Maoist leaders recently met in Abhujmad after the ultras suffered major
setbacks in encounters with police in the region.
"These killings are the outcome of the frustration of their senior leaders with the increasing pressure of security forces in their so-called liberated zone," the SP said.
On February 27, a local man named Sukhram Poyam was shot dead by rebels at Kundla village under Kurusnar police station limits, who suspected him to be a police informer.