Paralakhemundi: Hardcore Maoist Bhagirathi alias Nagesh, who is a companion of the top leader Azad, was arrested here by the Rayagada police and produced in a G Udayagiri court.
During a combing operation, when a passenger vehicle was being searched by Adaba police and SOG Jawans, Bhagirathi was picked up after his attitudes and statements were found suspicious. He was first taken to Adaba police station and later produced in a court.
Bhagirathi, a resident of Podersingh village under Kenduguda police limits in Rayagada district, had been involved in many Naxal incidents since 2002. After he suffered chronic joint pain, he had temporarily retired and was undergoing medical treatment.