Arrested Maoist ‘admits’ role in Saraswati killing

KORAPUT: A day after security personnel arrested three Maoists, including a hardcore rebel, police said Ramesh Tama alias Dasrath has confessed to his involvement in the killing of Laxmananda Saraswati and Nayagarh attack. The other two arrested rebels were identified as Kumbula Majhi alias Abhilash and Chintamani Majhi.

“Dasrath was a hardcore rebel and was on our wanted list for his involvement in as many as 13 Maoist offensives in the district. Apart from admitting to his participation in several murders in the district, during interrogation he confessed to his involvement in the killing of Laxmananda Saraswati and Nayagarh attack,” said Rayagada SP Anup Krishna.

According to police, Dasrath, a resident of Thakilod village under Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, had joined the Maoist organization six years ago and was the commander of Kasipur-Niyamgiri Area Committee (KNAC), affiliated to the outlawed CPI (Maoist).

“The KNAC operates in the bordering areas of Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi districts and Dasrath was leading all the Maoist offensives in this part of the state. He also used to train new cadres,” the SP said.

“Intelligence inputs let to the trio’s arrest. No arms or explosives were recovered from their possession,” he added.

While Kumbula has confessed to his involvement in at least three Maoist offensives in the district, police said Chintamani was working as an overground element for the Naxal outfit and was instrumental in organizing meetings and motivating youths to join Maoist organization and was acting as a guide. The duo is from Karajhola village under Tikri police station in the district.

During an anti-Naxalite operation, SOG and CRPF security personnel had arrested the three rebels from a forested area near Baigor, at a distance of about 40 km from the district headquarters town on the border of Rayagada-Koraput districts under Rayagada police limits early on Wednesday.

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