Three Maoists arrested in Odisha

Berhampur/Keonjhar (Odisha), Jan 17 (PTI) At least three Maoists were arrested and two guns seized from them today by security personnel in separate incidents in Odisha’s Ganjam and Keonjhar district, police said. While one Maoist ultra was arrested in Ganjam district, the security personnel seized two country made guns from two other red rebels in Keonjhar district. The ultra identified as Dhoba Digal (36) of Gajalabadi village under Sorada police station was arrested in Ganjam district. He along with other Maoists had set ablaze at least five mobile towers of private operators, three at his village and two at nearby Asurabandh on December 16, they said. Sub divisional police officer, Aska, B K Kamila said Digal was suspected to be involved in some other Maoist related incidents in Kandhamal district as well. However, the matter was under investigation. Similarly, two red ultras were nabbed in Kaudi forest bordering Keonjhar-Sundargarh-Angul and Deogarh districts during combing opeation and as many country made guns were seized from their possession. When CRPF, SOG and police personnel from Keonjhar and Angul were conducting a combing operation in the dense forests, they pounced upon the duo identified as George Kamal and Hanukjiban Hangs who belonged to Silukana in Angul district, police said at Keonjhar. However, the two claimed before newsmen that they were not involved in any Maoist activities and had been to the forests for carrying out poaching. The two were forwarded to a court at Keonjhar, they said. PTI COR AAM CR ADMINISTRATOR

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