Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Top Maoist commander Udaya nabbed

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 22 Apr 2009 02:27:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 22 Apr 2009 01:26:20 PM ISTRAYAGADA/BHUBANESWAR:

In a prize catch, the Special Operation Group (SOG) on Tuesday nabbed Udaya, commander of the Banshadhara Dalam of CPI(Maoist), from a hideout under Gudari police limits. He is believed to have pulled the trigger on Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati last year in Kandhamal.

Udaya alias Rama Rao was arrested with three of his associates. Police seized a .9mm pistol, rifle and 25 rounds of bullets looted from Nayagarh last year.

The three accomplices have been identified as Somnath Dandasena alias Jadu, Surendra Dalai and Pradyumna Birdalai. They were held from Turukurugudu village under Gudari police limits of Rayagada when a joint team of SOG and CRPF led by Rayagada SP Ashish Singh raided the place after specific intelligence inputs about Udaya’s presence.

After the arrest of Ashutosh in Sundargarh and the killing of Rita Pal in Kandhamal, Udaya’s arrest has come as a big catch for the police. In fact, Ashutosh had divulged details of Udaya’s role in the Swami’s killing.

‘While Sabyasachi Panda alias Sunil had planned the operation and Azad gave it command, it was Udaya who carried it out along with Rita, who happened to be the Ghumsar divisional committee member of CPI(Maoist),’ reliable sources said. He was also previously commander of Srikakulam committee and had taken the charge of Banshadhara Dalam after Sabyasachi took over the reins of Orissa State organisational committee.

Udaya was wanted in more than 30 cases both in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh during 14 years of his involvement in the Naxalite movement. He was behind the murder BJD leader Jajati Sahu in 2002 and Paraguda Daku Majhi, an Independent candidate from Gunupur, in April 2004.

On April 11, three Naxalites were nabbed from Chandrapur forests during a combing operation. Udaya had managed to escape. ‘Police had been keeping a close watch on him for the last five to six months, we could nail him along with others,’ Ashish Singh said.

A kit bag has also been seized from him and it is believed to be containing vital information which police did not disclose. Jadu and Surendra were hardcore Naxal members while Pradyumna had recently joined the outlawed outfit, police said.

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