Five Maoists, including a woman, were arrested in Orissa’s Rayagada district on Wednesday, with a cache of arms and ammunitions, police said. The five guerrillas, all in the age group of 18 to 22 years, belonged to the Kashipur team of the Bansadhara division of the outlawed Communist Party of
India-Maoist, Superintendent of Police, Anoop Krishna told reporters.
They were involved in about 15 cases, including attacks on liquor shops and mobile phone towers. A pistol, a magazine, 20 live bullets, one country made hand grenade, 20 detonators, and two land mines were seized from them. Police also recovered ten polythene sheets and three bags containing Maoist dresses, articles of daily use and training notebooks.
Maoists are active in more than half of the state’s 30 districts. The district headquarters of Rayagada, considered a Maoist stronghold, is about 400 km from Bhubaneswar.