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PTI Berhampur
Updated: 03-11-2018 18:29 IST

Odisha Police on

Saturday recovered a banner allegedly written by Maoists,

threatening to kill two MLAs and several police informers in

two districts of the state.

The handwritten banner did not mention names of the

two MLAs but said they are from Ganjam and Kandhamal

districts, police said.

The unnamed police informers on the hit list also

belong to these two districts.

"The Maoist banner was found in Darpanga area (in

Ganjam district). We are verifying its genuineness," Ganjam

Superintendent of Police Brijesh Kumar Rai said.

The banner written in white paint on a red cloth in

Odia was found near Darpanga on Bhanjanagara-Phulbani road in

Ganjam district. Local people found the banner in the morning

and informed the police.

The SP said security personnel have been rushed to the

place from where the hand written banner was recovered.

Since the banner did not mention any specific Maoist

unit or division, the police suspected it could be fake.

"It might be the handiwork of some anti-social

elements who have taken in the name of the Maoists," said a

senior police officer requesting anonymity.

The recovery of the "Maoist" banner followed the

killing of two political leaders - a sitting and a former MLA

of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) - near Araku in neighbouring

Andhra Pradesh by the red rebels on September 23.

"We have already provided security to some of the MLAs

in the district after the incident in Andhra Pradesh," police


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