Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Naxal nabbed in Sambalpur

Express News Service First Published : 07 Jul 2009 05:02:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

SAMBALPUR: In a major breakthrough, Sambalpur police nabbed a hardcore Naxal, David from Jarang village under Jujumura police limits and seized a licensed 12 bore rifle. The rifle is believed to be that of the sarpanch of Tampergarh who was brutally hacked to death by the Naxals in January 2003.

While Sambalpur SP Sanjay Kumar Singh confirmed the arrest he refused to divulge further details. The police are interrogating David and are hopeful of extracting information about the activities of the Naxals and their hide-outs.

Sources said David, is in his mid 20s, worked as conduit and has been crucial in facilitating movement of about 40 to 45 Naxals. The Naxals had arrived in the district on June 10 from Jharkhand en route Nayagarh to join the Ghumsar division of the CPI (Maoist).

They had planned to move into Nayagarh through Sonepur and Boudh by crossing the Mahanadi. However, the smooth passage was foiled after two encounters with the Sambalpur police on June 13 and June 15.

During the encounter on June 15 at Gariakhaman village, Sub-Inspector Narsingh Mahakud was killed after a Naxal bullet hit his temple. Though 25 Naxals are believed to have left for Nayagarh after the June 15 encounter, another 16 are reportedly holed up in the forests of Sambalpur district. The arrest of David is likely to help Sambalpur police nab those who stayed behind in the district.

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