KORAPUT: Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel on Wednesday evening arrested seven suspected Maoists, including three women, in Koraput.
Police said the operation was planned after they received an intelligence input regarding the presence of Red rebels in a forest near Kamalapada in Narayanpatna police station area.
“Around 20 Maoists were present there at the time for a meeting. A few managed to escape during the raid. There had been no exchange of fire and no injury or casualty has been reported from either side,” Koraput SP Awinash Kumar said.
The arrested rebels were identified as Rupai Mandangi alias Pramila, Sigati Tadangi alias Jyoti, Juroka Hulaka, Sigro Madangi, Raja Rao Meleka, Ramesh Sidaraput and Kenda Charkra, police said. They were from the Koraput-Srikakulam divisional committee of the Maoists and have confessed their involvement in a few Maoist offensives in the district, police added.
Security personnel recovered two guns, around 20 kg of gelatine sticks, three pairs of Maoists uniforms, Maoist banners, posters and literatures, an electronic chip and a mobile phone from the spot.
“The electronic chip we found there is yet to be examined. We expect to get vital information about the Maoist organization from it,” the SP said.
Narayanpatna has witnessed a spurt in Maoist activities in recent times. Police gunned down Teli Kadranga alias Rajendra, the commander of the Jhanjabati area committee of the Maoists in a gun-battle on August 19.
The Maoists had retaliated by killing BSF jawan Xavier Kindo in a landmine attack on September 1. The Red rebels had also observed a 24-hour bandh in the district on August 31 in protest against alleged police atrocities in Narayanpatna.
“Anti-Naxalite operations have been intensified in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas and we are hopeful of more success in coming days,” the SP added.