Malkangiri: Suspected Maoists allegedly kidnapped eight persons from Mahupadar village in Mathili block on Odisha – Chhatisgarh border in the wee hours of Friday, police sources here said.
A group of about 10-20 armed Maoists struck the village in the pre-dawn hours and called the eight tribal persons out of their houses and later took away at the gun points , police sources said.
Though the reason behind the incident is not known yet, it is believed that the rebels reportedly have abducted the villagers suspecting them to be police informers.
Meanwhile, panic gripped the area after the abduction. According to sources in the district police headquarters, efforts are on to launch a search operation in the area to trace the abducted villagers.