Village Sarpanch Hacked to Death by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

A sarpanch was hacked to death by naxals in his native village in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, on 31 August.

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A sarpanch was hacked to death by naxals in his native village in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said on 31 August, Saturday.

As per preliminary information, over a dozen ultras stormed into the house of Lakhma Ram Mandavi, 40, in Chhote Gudra village late on Friday night and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons, a senior officer said, adding that Mandavi died on the spot.

He said police were informed about the incident by locals on Saturday morning.

He said the deceased was a nominated sarpanch (village head) of Chhote Gudra village panchayat.

The motive behind the killing is not known yet, the officer said, adding that naxal pamphlets were found at the spot.

"Prima facie, Maoists were demanding money from the sarpanch and called him up for a meeting. He might have been killed for refusing to pay," the officer said.

Further investigation is underway.

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