Odia tailor arrested under UAPA in Chhattisgarh

Bhabaneswar/Raipur: The Chhattisgarh police on Saturday arrested an Odia tailor at Indagaon in the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border area for allegedly stitching dresses for the Maoists.
 
Purna Chandra Meher, a resident of Sinapali village in Nuapada district was today arrested under section 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Chhattisgarh police said that Meher, who had a tailoring shop at Indagaon, had been stitching identical dresses for the ultras of Manipur division since last three years.
 
“We raided his (Purna’s) house and seized twenty pairs of Maoist uniforms and 35 metres of olive green clothes that was used for making the uniforms. Purna has admitted during interrogation that all the clothes were meant for the Red rebels,” said spokesperson of Chhattisgarh police Rajesh Mishra.
 
Acting on a tip off, police raided Meher’s shop and seized 20 trousers, five full shirts and 35 metres of olive green clothes.
 
However, Purna Chandra said that he was doing the job under pressure as the rebels had threatened him to kill if he did not work for them. Earlier, the Maoists had reportedly killed two persons in a nearby village for defying Maoist dictat.
 
Besides, the Chhattisgarh police also conducted raid on a wholesale shop in Bilaspur and seized olive green clothes today.
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