The bodies of six villagers have been found with their throats slit in the forests of India’s Chhattisgarh state, police say, blaming Maoist rebels.
The dead, who included a local village chief, were kidnapped by Maoist rebels who accused them of spying for the government, officials said.
Last month, the rebels launched a major attack against paramilitary soldiers in the state, killing 76.
Thousands of people have died during the rebels’ fight for communist rule.
The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of rural poor who have been neglected by the government for decades.
The Maoist insurgency has been described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the country’s biggest internal security threat.