The Maoists gunned down a village head in Odisha's Malkangiri district suspecting him to be a police informer.
According to reports, the incident took place on Tuesday at a remote village of Padia in Malkangiri district where a group of heavily armed rebels shot the village head.
"A group of people equipped with arms came and said that the village head was giving information to the police about their activities. Four of them dragged him to the end of the village, and later we heard the sound of firing. When we reached there, we found him dead," said Budhu, a villager.
Police has been thoroughly investigating the matter as the exact reason behind the killing is yet to be ascertained.
The Maoists, who are considered to be India's greatest internal security threat, have off-late intensified their operations in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and some areas of West Bengal.