Maoist cadre held in Sambalpur

SAMBALPUR/BERHAMPUR: Sambalpur police arrested another Maoist cadre from Kisinda forest during a raid by security personnel. In another incident, six suspected Maoists were arrested from Kandhamal district’s Daringibadi area on Monday.

The cadre, Bishi Pradhan of Mudtal within Jujomara police limits, was involved in a series of extremist activities starting 2003. SP (Sambalpur) Nikhil Kanodia said Bishi was arrested twice in the past and was in jail for over four years. But he again got involved in Maoist activities after his release on bail.

“We have sufficient evidence against him of his involvement in Maoist activities in the district in recent times. Being a hardcore leader, he provides all logistic support to the extremists by residing in his village,” Kanodia said. According to him, Bishi was charged with conspiracy, harbouring Maoists, collecting funds and providing logistic support in organizing camps in remote areas of the district.

Sources said, Bishi was involved in Megapal sarpanch Kadar Singh murder case in 2003 and kidnapping of one sarpanch and a contractor of Burda village for ransom and brutal killing of three persons in Burda village within Kisinda police limits in 2005. He was arrested twice in 2003 and 2005.

The three arrested from Daringibadi are Janardan Pradhan of Nuakhai and Mohipati Pradhan and Salman Pradhan of Raskua village were arrested when the police raided their houses. They were produced in the court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM), Baliguda.

These persons, including two village committee presidents, were allegedly involved in planting landmines near Kerubadi recently, IIC of Daringibadi S K Gantayat said.

Janardan and Mohipati were presidents of village committees, formed by Maoists in their respective villages, he said. Police, however, did not seize any extremist documents from them during the raids, officials said.

The anti-Maoist forces have unearthed huge amount of explosives, livewires, detonators, batteries and splinters near Kerubadi while combing the area recently.


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