Nalluri Srinivasa Rao, a Mandal (block) Parishad Territorial constituency member was found brutally shot down in Cherla forests on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Friday. He was abducted two days ago by Maoists from his home.
Rao, a local Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader aged around 45, was abducted from Kothur village in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district around midnight Monday. "His body was found in Errampadu, a small hamlet in Chhattisgarh. There was an injury on his head. We have to ascertain how he died. "Only after an inquest can we exactly say how he died and whether it is a bullet injury or head injury," Rajesh Chandra, Additional Superintendent of Police Bhadrachalam told the media.
Police got information Friday evening about the body lying between Errapadu and Puttapadu, an interior place, on Telangana-Chattisgarh border, he said. The Maoists, who abducted him, had left behind a letter saying Rao was killed as he was a police informer.
The letter read, "Srinivasa Rao colluded with the police and was converting Adivasis into informers in tribal villages. He was collecting information about our teams and passing on to the police. Thus, he became responsible for the arrest of many activists working for the people."
Below is the letter:
Police made all efforts to trace Rao during the last three days in the area, heavily infested by Maoists, he said. The Maoists had abducted a villager in May this year, but he returned safely, the police official added.
Rao's wife, Durga, had earlier told news channels that around 10-15 unidentified people, some of them carrying weapons and sticks, had dragged her husband out of their house even as she and her son pleaded with them. She said they beat up all of them. "When we tried to stop them, they also pointed a gun at me. We were not allowed to step out of our house," she had added.
(With agency inputs)