Monday, July 06, 2009

2 Maoists nabbed, admit role in STR rampage

Express News Service First Published : 06 Jul 2009 11:17:45 AM ISTLast Updated :

BARIPADA: Two hardcore Maoists - Mata Tiriya (55) and Abhiram Adeya (45) - were arrested today from Lembugoda, an interior village in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR), police sources said.

They confessed to their involvement in the red rampages at Chahala, Upper-Barha-Kamuda (UBK), Nawana, Meghasani and other places. They further said they had looted cash and other valuables from the tourists at Chahala and ransacked the rest houses, range offices and forest beat houses at different places of the STR from March 28 to 31. The arrests were made after a two-day combing operation by a team of 20 DVF (District Voluntary Force) personnel, a team of SOG jawans and another team of 10 armed police officers of Mayurbhanj, sources indicated. The operation was monitored by Mayurbhanj SP Dayal Gangwar through satellite communication devices that connected the SP in his Baripada residence with the combing teams in the field. The DVF in Mayurbhanj has been imparted SOG training to curb Maoist activities. The arrested persons further confessed to joining the Red rebels brought from Keonjhar and Jajpur to carry out raids in STR particularly to foil the reserve officials’ plan to displace them from the ‘Core Area’ of the ‘Critical Tiger Habitat’, sources pointed out.

Their confessional statements have been video-recorded. They were produced before the SDJM, Karanjia, today who remanded them in judicial custody. Later, the duo were lodged in the Karanjia sub-jail. With this, the total number of Maoists arrested in the Similipal reserve went up to seven, police said

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