Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Seven held in Orissa district for Maoist links

Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Seven persons were arrested from different parts of Rayagada district in south Orissa for Maoist links.

Three of these arrested persons were hardcore naxals. They are Madhab Tukuruka, Jara Tukuruka, D.Tukuruka.

Speaking to The Hindu, Rayagada district Superintendent of Police Ashis Kumar Singh said it was suspected that these three naxals were involved in several major violent incidents including Maoist attacks on Nayagarh.

Police hoped that their interrogation would spill some beans regarding the Maoist activities in south Orissa.

It is also suspected that these persons may have taken part in the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in adjoining Kandhamal district.

Two key informers of naxals Dasarathi Hikabadika and Asu Mamalka were also on the list of arrested persons. They were members of area committees of Maoists and were organising ‘praja courts’ in remote areas.

The other two persons who have been arrested for naxal links are K.M.Prasad and Dama Sambutika. These two persons were contractors who according to police had helped naxals in different incidents.

All these persons were arrested from different places during combing operation in naxal-infested areas of Gunupur, Chandrapur, Gudari areas of Rayagada district.

Mr Singh said these arrests were made on the basis of definite intelligence reports. Many hardcore naxals have been arrested in Rayagada district during last few weeks.

It may be noted that on Apr 21, four Maoists including a member of the core group that masterminded the murder of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal district were arrested in Rayagada district.

The prize catch was P.Rama Rao alias Uday, a ‘commander’ of the Basadara Dalam of the CPI-Maoist party, which is active in Rayagada, Kandhamal and Gajapati districts of south Orissa.

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