Ex-informer stoned to death in Maoist hotbed

A former police informer, Dinesh Gawde, was stoned to death by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli. The killing was initially thought to be in response to the Chief Minister’s declaration of crushing the rebels, but police later stated it was due to “rivalry”. Gawde had no recent links to the police. This incident highlights the ongoing violence and unrest in the region.