Crime and Accident

Anti-Naxal activist shot dead by Maoists

Anti-Naxal activist shot dead by Maoists

Gadchiroli: A 20-year-old anti-Naxal activist, who was kidnapped on March 3, was shot dead allegedly by Maoists at Jambiya village of Etapalli taluka here, police said today.

The victim, Manoj Gota, who had been kidnapped by suspected Naxals, was shot dead last night and his body was dumped in the village, a police statement said.

“Manoj, who was earlier working with an NGO called Bharat Jan Andolan, was now into farming at his native place. He had been actively raising voice against Naxals and was instrumental in spreading information about the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act among the people,” it said.

A case has been registered against unidentified rebels in this regard and anti-Naxal operations have been intensified in the area.

Yesterday, a police constable had been shot by suspected Naxals at village Hedri in the taluka.