In a joint combing operation by the Narayanpatna BSF Jawans along with the SOG and the Andhra Greyhound Police on Wednesday morning, the police detained seven persons who have been brought to Koraput district headquarters for interrogation, sources said.
The sources revealed that on the direction of Vizianagarm Superintendent of Police, Koraput SP Awinash Kumar and DIG (SW Range) S Debadatta Singh who had been to Narayan Patna in the morning by three Helicopters, the Andhra Greyhound Police and the BSF Jawans started joint combing operation in Kamala Padar village under Tentulipadar gram panchayat in Narayan Patna block.
The jawans reportedly raided Kamalapadar and started beating up the villagers during combing operation, alleged Mulia Mandingi, the sarpanch of Tentuli Padar. He also alleged that the police forcible took away the food grains including paddy, ragi and maize, stocked by the villagers and threw the grains before cows and bufallows.
Seven villagers on the doubt of being involved in Maoist activities were detained by the combing personnel. The villagers are: Jyoti Tandingi, Rupa Mandingi, Juruko Sirika, Sighra Mandingi, Ramesh Siduka, Charan Kanda and Rajaram Miniaka, reliable sources said.
After blasting of a landmine four days ago between Laxmipur and Narayanpatna, where one BSF Jawan Xavier Kindo died and another Dhiren Sahu was severely injured during defusion of the landmine planted by the Maoists, combing operation was intensified by the District Police in the area challenging the Maoists.
It may be recalled here that when DGP Prakash Mishra held a meeting on July’16 at Koraput with the Southern Range DIG and the SPs, a new strategy was framed to meet the Maoist challenge. On the other hand, the red rebels also got prepared with their strategy challenging the combing operations in the Maoist-infested areas.
The villagers of Kamalapadar on the day came to file an FIR before the Narayanpatna police who did not register the FIR, the villagers alleged. When contacted, Narayapatna IIC Atanu Kumar Rout denied the allegation.
The sources claimed some Maoist cadres, and a top leader declared most wanted by the police, were detained by the police.