Odisha to declare highest reward money to nab Maoist leaders

Bhubaneswar, Mar 2 (PTI) A day after enhancing the surrender package for the red rebels, Odisha government today decided to offer big cash prize for arrest of frontline Maoist leaders, official sources said. The state government’s action to raise the reward money to catch the Maoists, particularly their leaders, was taken as per suggestion of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, sources said. The reward amount which was upto Rs 3 lakhs in the state, would now be increased upto Rs 20 lakh. “The cash prize will be given to person/s whose information leads to arrest of Maoist leaders,” a senior official at the home department said adding that a formal notification would be issued soon. The arrest of three top guerrilla, identified as Sabyasachi Panda of Odisha, Ramakrishna and Modem Balakrishnan of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, would fetch Rs 20 lakh, officials said. These three leaders were behind all the major naxal violence in the state, police sources said. Panda is the secretary of Odisha state organising committee (OSOC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) while Ramakrishna is the member of central committee of Maoists and secretary of the Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee (AOBSZC). (MORE)

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