Maoists torture, kill two Home Guards

Maoists have tortured and killed two Home Guards who had been missing since Jan 31, police said Sunday.

The bodies of Moriyam Mangu and Anand Jasba, in their 20s, were found Saturday by a road in a jungle area in Cherpal in Bijapur district, some 450 km south of here.

The outlawed group Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) killed them for defying their orders, a police official said.

The police headquarters here said leaflets were found near the bodies which claimed the two were killed at a 'Jan Adalat' or People's Court for "committing offences against the public".

The injury marks on the bodies suggested the two men were tortured, the officer said.One of the leaflets asked youths in the tribal region not to join the police.

Bijapur is among the seven districts that forms mineral-rich Bastar region where Maoists have held sway in the interiors since late 1980s.

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