A Maoist was arrested and some explosive devices and weapons were seized from him at a village in Odisha’s Rayagada district today, police said. The ultra, identified as Haribandhu Kadraka, was caught during an operation by the police from a hide-out at Sarapally under Muniguda police station, Superintendent of Police, Rayagada, Siba Subramani said.
Police recovered three electric detonators, a tiffin bomb, three IEDs, three live cartridge of 7.62 mm (SLR) and two Maoist banners and huge electric wires from Kadraka, who hails from Rajuguda village in Muniguda police station jurisdiction, the SP said. At least 11 criminal cases are pending against him under Muniguda police station, he said.
Three Maoists lynched by mob in Andhra Pradesh
Three Maoists were lynched by a mob of angry villagers on Sunday night at Korukonda village in Andhra Pradesh bordering Malkangiri district of south Odisha. The incident occurred at Korukonda village, in Balipam panchayat under Annavaram police station of Andhra Pradesh adjacent to Malkangiri district in Odisha. According to senior police officials of south Odisha who are keeping watch on this incident, the three ultras slain by angry villagers have been identified as Sharada, Ganapathy and Ganeswar Rao. They were militia members of Korukonda area committee of outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation, which is active in this bordering area of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
According to sources, a mob of angry villagers armed with lathis and sharp agricultural tools had attacked a group of Maoists who were holding their ‘praja court’ near the village on Sunday night. The villagers were angry over killing of an innocent civilian of their village named Gemini Sanjeeva Rao by the Maoists few days back. Rao had been killed after his trial by Maoists in a similar ‘praja court’ conducted near the village. It is suspected that some more Maoists may have been injured by the villagers, who have escaped into the jungles.
Raids on in Bokaro to nab Red leader
Bokaro: Following the recent arrest of Maoist leader Mukhlal Mahto alias Mochu, the security forces have now set their eyes on Santosh Mahto, another armed squad leader active in the Gomia block of the district. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) believes the arrest of Mukhlal has come as a huge blow to the rebel outfit especially in Jhumra and its surroundings areas. CRPF commandant Sanjay Kumar said Mukhlal was long wanted by police for his involvement in several incidents of Maoist violence in this area. A resident of Jamnijara village in Jhumra hill, he apparently had a considerable influence in the region.
“The arrest of Mukhlal was a major setback for Maoists. Mukhlal was leading the armed squad. Next we would want to nab Santosh Mahto,” he said. Mahto is also heading an arm squad, but it is a small one comprising six-seven cadres. His base is Luggu hills. Mahto’s squad manages to evade arrest by hiding in the jungles of the hilly terrain as they are few in numbers. Raids to nab Santosh are, however, on, said the commandant.