Maoist held, rifle seized

Malkangiri: A Maoist ultra allegedly involved in several offences was arrested and a rifle seized from him in Orissa`s Malkangiri district today.

The rebel, identified as Deba Kartami, was nabbed by a police team during a combing operation in Metaguda forest area under Kalimela police station, about 40 km from here, Superintendent of Police, Aniruddha Singh said.

An active member of Padia naxal group in the naxal-hit Malkangiri district, the ultra was involved in many criminal activities, police sources said. Besides a single barrel gun, some documents were recovered from him.