Bhubaneswar: Even as members of the civil society decried the Friday arrest of Jan Adhikar Manch (JAM) convener Dandapani Mohanty for his alleged link with Left-wing rebels, DGP Prakash Mishra on Monday justified police action saying the best suitable step for the current situation was taken.

“Anti-Maoist operation in the state has reached a crescendo but Mohanty has been trying to instigate the rebel groups who are lying low for quite sometime," Mishra told reporters in Sambalpur.

The top cop also accused Mohanty of trying to revive the "inactive" Maoist cadres.

When asked why Mohanty was not arrested wayback in 2009 when cases were registered against him, Mishra said, "Policing is not like mathematics where two plus two is always four. Police have to analyse a number of things before taking a step and weigh options as well."

Members of the civil society cried foul over the arrest of Mohanty and questioned timing of the arrest.  

“Police arrested Mohanty in cases dating back to 2009 and 2010. If the cases were so serious how he played the role of an interlocutor between government and the Maoists for the safe release of the then Malkangiri Collector R  Vineel Krishna in 2011 and Italians Paulo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo last year,” asked human rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo.