Maoist rebels kill politician in India's eastern state
Maoist rebels killed a politician in India's eastern state of Orissa on Tuesday, a news agency reported.
Senior police official S Gajbhiye told the IANS news agency that three armed Maoists abducted Prabir Kumar Mohanty at gunpoint in the Malkangiri district, 700 kilometres south-west of state capital Bhubaneshwar, reported dpa.
Mohanty, a lawyer and leader from the Biju Janata Dal party which governss the state, was taken to a nearby forest where he was shot dead, police said.
Police were investigating the killing and had not made any arrests so far.
Maoist rebels, who claim to be fighting for the rights of the rural poor, tribal people and the landless, operate in 13 of India's 29 states.
Thousands of people, mostly police, paramilitary personnel and government officials, have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s.