Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Top Naxalite leader arrested in Orissa

Koraput Orissa | December 05, 2005 8:41:10 PM IST

A top naxalite leader, Nageswar Rao, carrying Rs two lakh on his head was arrested along with his wife during a combing operation from Padua forest, about 85 km from here late last night.
Koraput Superintendent of Police Arun Bothra told newsmen here today that Mr Rao was operating on Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border as Area Commander of Papul Dalam and was involved in a series of Naxalite attacks and landmine blast in both Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

He said the Naxalite leader was involved in Gompakunda landmine blast in 2003 in which ten policemen were killed. He also led the attack on Kalimela and Motu police stations in 2002 and Maliguda police station in 2001.

The SP said Nageswar Rao has been actively involved in as many as 20 naxalite attacks in Koraput and Rayagada district during the last ten years.


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