Teacher held for Maoist links

Berhampur: A primary school teacher in Ganjam district was arrested on Saturday for his alleged links with Maoist leaders, including Sabyasachi Panda, police said.

The accused was identified as Jhikania Sabara of Jharakona village in Ganjam district’s Badagada police station area. Police have seized a Maoist poster, two photo identity cards of his with different father’s names, a VHF set, charger, mobile set, several other papers and a new motorcycle from him. Sabara was working as a teacher in Barada, near his village, since the past seven years, police said on Sunday.

He was working as an over-ground worker and transporter for the left wing ultras in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts and was a courier to top Maoist leader Sabyasachi, police said. He was working for Maoists, including supplying grocery items and medicines to them, for the past three years, police said.

“There is a sizeable incriminating evidence linking him to Maoist activities in the area. We are planning to interrogate him further,” said Gajapati SP Sarthak Sarangi. “We came to know during preliminary interrogation that Jhikania is not his real name. He was working as a teacher in the name of a person who had died in 1994,” police said. His real name is Alia Sabara, police said.

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