Pastor killed by Maoists in East Godavari district -
Maoists killed pastor John Maraiah at Lachhigudem in Chintur mandal of East Godavari district on Friday night. Locals said that Maoists killed Maraiah as they suspected he was a police informer. Lachhigudem is situated at a distance of 20 km from Edurallapalli police station. The policemen are afraid to visit the village as it is located in thick forest.GCIC coordinators Pastor C. S. John and his associate Pastor Steven are seized of the matter and trying to carry forward mission of educating the tribal community with grace and passion.Pastor Maraiah wa working very closely with them in the past.
Kakinada July 30 -Maoists numbering of more than 200 intruded into two tribal villages in Chintur mandal in East Godavari agency area last night and created terror by killing Church pastor Maraiah in Latchigudem and kidnapping Kaniti Raju in Vankagudem.
Raising slogans, the Maoists slit the throat of the pastor and left a letter warning that any one acting as the police informers would meet the same fate. They also mentioned in the letter that the police of Chinturu and Nellipaka were confining the innocent people in the name of Maoist sympathizers in police stations and torturing them.
Following the incident, the anti-naxal police squads have intensified the combing operations in the area. Police officer on special duty Pakeerappa and ASP Swetha have visited the villages today and inquired with the local people about the incident.
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