naxA village sarpanch was killedby suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said on Monday.

Kunwar Singh Gota (aged around 40), sarpanch of Mura village under Korar police station limits, was allegedly shot deadat his native place last night, a senior police official told a news agency.

As per preliminary information, the victim was picked up by some armedmen from his house in Mura, located around 300 kms from the state capital.

Subsequently, they pumped bullets into him leaving him dead on the spot, the official said.

Prima facie, it appears that the crime was committed by Naxals but it was yet to be verified, he said.

Security forces were rushed to the village, which is located deep inside the forest and the body was brought to Korar for post-mortem, he said.

A case has been registered in this connection, the official said, adding that efforts were on to trace the assailants.

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