Naxals allegedly killed a 36-year-old village sarpanch suspecting him of being a police informer in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said on Wednesday.
The ultras attacked Ratiram Kudiyam, a sarpanch of Mormed village, under Toynar police station area on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.
As per preliminary information, a group of Naxals stormed into Kudiyam’s house and strangled him with a rope or wire, he said.
A police team rushed to the spot this morning and sent the body for post-mortem, he said.
Prima facie, it appears that the victim was killed on suspicion of being a police informer, the IG said, adding that the exact motive for the killing was yet to be ascertained.
A search operation has been launched to nab the assailants, the official said.