Maoists kill four in Orissa village

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Rayagada (Orissa), Nov 12 (ANI): About fifty armed Maoists entered a village and killed four people in Orissa's Rayagada district on Wednesday.

Maoists entered a house in Pandratola village, about 350 kilometers from state-capital Bhubaneswar late at night and killed three people. Two other people were injured and were admitted in hospital, out of which one died.

Reports say the Maoists killed these people on suspension that they were police informers and exploiters of tribals.

" Around 50 Maoists came here last night and knocked our door. I ran away as I smelled danger. They dragged my brother outside and killed him there," said Satyay Kondagiri, brother of a slain victim.

Maoists had also pasted posters at several areas in the villages stating their opposition to appointment of village youth as the Special Police Officer in the state police to take on Maoists.

Reports said that the killings were a retaliation to the recent police action against Maoists in the state.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the government was willing to talk to the Maoists about issues such as poverty and corruption that are often blamed for stoking the insurgency, but insisted the rebels must first stop violence. (ANI)

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