KORAPUT: A Maoist was arrested during anti-extremist operations in the district on Friday. The arrested rebel, Karna Minsal, is a member of Odisha-Andhra Border Special Zonal Committee affliated to the CPI (Maoist) and was nabbed from his village Kumbhariput within Bandhugaon police limits. “No arms or Maoist belongings have been recovered from his possession,” said SDPO (Laxmipur) Y Jagannath Rao.
He has confessed to his involvement to several Maoist offensives in the district in the past few months. “Minsal had joined the Maoists four years ago and has admitted to his involvement in blowing up few cellphone towers in the area. His participation in Maoist offensives will be known once we complete interrogation,” he said.
On Wednesday evening, Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel had arrested seven rebels, including three women cadres, in the district during a counter-insurgency exercise.