Three women Naxalites arrested
PATAPATNAM (SRIKAKULAM): The Odisha police on Friday arrested three women Maoists in Mohana police station limits in Ganjam district of Odisha, nearly 60 kms from here, and seized arms and cash from them. Armed with leads provided by the arrested cadres, the cops also unearthed huge dumps at various locations in Ganjam district. The arrested women cadres of the banned outfit were identified as Nikitha Majhi, Susanti and D Anita. While Nikita carries a reward of Rs three lakh on her head, Susanti and Anita carry rewards of Rs 50,000 each. Sources said that the trio was arrested a couple of weeks ago and the arms dump was unearthed in the past two days.
The police seized one AK-47 rifle, four SLR rifles, two Insas rifles, one 9 mm pistol, 354 rounds of various rifles, 13 magazines, one tiffin bomb and Rs 10.5 lakh in cash from their possession. During interrogation, the women Naxalites revealed the locations of various arms dumps in Ganjam district comprising two computer printers, two laptop chargers, USB board, two dry cell batteries, four walkie-talkie batteries, stapler, three printer ink bottles, one stabilizer, two extension boards, 50 CDs, one mixer grinder, huge quantity of medicines, silence mode generator, kit bags, 25 kg rice bag, dry food material, Naxal uniforms, eight tarpaulins, two water drums, 25 detonators, 400 gm gun powder and revolutionary literature.
The trio was involved in more than 40 cases in different districts of Odisha. They were part of squads that attacked the Nayagarh armoury, burnt an Orissa RTC bus under Adava police station in Gajapati district, killed two grama rakshaks at Kattama under Adava police station and were involved in exchange of fire with CRPF, Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) at different places.
Maoist fear keeps contractors away
KORAPUT: Contractors are not keen to take up Rs 3.3 crore irrigation project at Karanjanala village in Rayagada’s Muniguda block, fearing Maoists. The project, once finished, will irrigate 555 hectare of agricultural land. Muniguda, a Maoist-hit area, borders Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts. “On many occasions, there is no response to our tender notices. Last year, a contractor came forward and dumped raw materials at the construction site, but he refused to start work after Red rebels allegedly threatened him,” said a senior officer in minor irrigation department of Rayagada.