Dantewada (Chhattisgarh): A 55-year-old Naxal, who had surrendered before the police just four days ago, was allegedly murdered in Cholnar Village of Dantewada. A case has been registered by police against unidentified Naxals, for Wednesday’s murder. Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav told ANI, “Podia Wadde had surrendered four days ago and had said he will help police. Keeping in mind his age, we had handed him over to his son and told him not the Naxal go to the village as it can be dangerous for him. But he went there anyway and was killed.” Also Read - Odisha Seals Border With Chhattisgarh Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases, Hikes Mask Penalty

“Podia Wadde was a Naxalite for the past 20-25 years. He was the mastermind of the Cholnar blasts in which seven police personnel were killed in April. We arrested him four days ago. He was also wanted in few other cases,” said Pallav. Also Read - ‘Happiest Moment Of My Life’, Says Wife Of CoBRA Commando After His Release From Maoist Captivity

Just a couple of days before the murder, the District Reserve Guard (DRG) of Chhattisgarh Police had held a civic action programme in Naxal-affected Koleng village in Bastar district. “We have fulfilled our promise of opening a camp in the area. The roads in Koleng are really in poor condition. For the same, people here need to come forward and demand better roads. Villagers have not shown enough commitment till now. I believe people should come forward. We will support you in this,” said Vivekanand Sinha, IG Bastar. Also Read - Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, Kidnapped CRPF Commando, Released by Naxals

Earlier this week, a hardcore Naxal was arrested from Aurangabad district in Bihar bordering Jharkhand. He was wanted in several cases relating to naxalite incidents, Superintendent of Police Satya Prakash said. A joint team of Sashastra Seema Bal and the local police arrested the person, the SP said. The man has been identified as Awadhesh Yadav, a resident of Langurahi village of Aurangabad district, the SP said.