Maoists killed a pastor and abducted another person on late Friday night. The latter was released on Saturday morning. Both the murder and the abduction were carried out on the charge that they were police informers. The naxals also warned the people that all police informers would meet a similar fate as that of the pastor. The victim was identified as Marayya of Lachigudem in Chintoor mandal of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.
According to police sources, late on Friday night, more than 100 naxals and militia members entered Lachigudem village and dragged pastor Marayya out of his house and took him to the forests. There they beat him severely with sticks before slitting his throat. The Maoists also left a letter near the body with the warning. They also accused the Chintoor and Nellipak police of harassing innocent people by branding them as naxal sympathisers. Marayya was a native of Sukuma district of Chhattisgarh and had settled here almost 15 years ago.
After leaving Lachigudem, the Maoists entered the nearby village of Vankagudem and abducted Raju. The naxals, however, released him on Saturday morning after severely beating him up.