Naxals kill ex-sarpanch of Cholnar after suspecting him of being a police informer

Raipur: A former sarpanch was killed, allegedly by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district after they suspected him to be a police informer, police said on Tuesday.

Chhannuram Mandavi, 55, the ex-Sarpanch of his native Cholnar village, was attacked with sharp edged weapons at his house under Kirandul police station limits late Monday night, Dantewada superintendent of police Kamlochan Kashyap told PTI.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

As per preliminary information, some armed Naxals stormed into the victim’s house in Cholnar, around 450 kilometers from here, and slit his throat while he was asleep, killing him on the spot, Kashyap said.

Soon after getting information, a police team was rushed to the spot and his body was brought for postmortem, he said.

Some Maoists pamphlets were recovered from the spot in which Mandavi was branded as a police informer, Kashyap said adding that a search has been launched in the forests to nab the assailants.

The victim was also a local Congress leader. According to police, Mandavi was earlier arrested and jailed in connection with the Naxal attack on the house of Congress leader Avdhesh Gautam in Nakulnar village of Dantewada in 2010.

Gautam's family member and one of his employees were killed in the incident. However, Mandavi was later released, he added.

Updated Date: Jun 20, 2017 11:25 AM

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