1 hardcore Maoist arrested; SLR seized

Bhubaneswar: One hardcore Maoist was arrested during a combing operation by security personnel in Brahmanigaon area of Kandhamal district, police said on Wednesday.

The Maoist, identified as Mathew Jagaranga, was picked from his hide-out in Meragudi village under Kotagarh police station limit during a joint combing by CRPF, district voluntary force and local police, said Arjun Barik, sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Baliguda.

Sources said Mathew, who belongs to Ambimaha in Raygada district, is suspected to be involved in an ambulance blast in Kandhamal in November, 2010 where five people were killed. His involvement is also suspected in an explosion near Srirampur on January 5, 2012 in which three police personnel had been killed.

"For the past 4 years, Mathew had been working for Maoist leaders Nikhil and Sharada. We have recovered one SLR gun from his possession," said J N Pankaj, SP, Kandhamal.

This was the third arrest of a hardcore ultra in past two weeks in the state.

Earlier, the Malkangiri police had arrested hardcore Maoist Trinath Golori and seized explosives from his pssession. According to police, more than five murder cases and other criminal cases are pending against the accused rebel of Gajalmandi village.

Police too had nabbed Kandra Dalabehera, a wanted Maoist reportedly belonging to Sabyasachi Panda’s Odisha Maovadi Party (OMP) from Richaguda forest under Badagarh Police station in Ganjam district.

(With agency inputs)