Three hardcore women Maoist cadre arrested

Parlakhemundi: Three hardcore women Maoist cadre, involved in several crimes including Nayagarh armoury attack, were arrested on Saturday in Gajapati district.

"During combing operation by the district police, the women cadre identified as Basanti Pattamajhi, Monita Desamajhi alias Prami and Laxmi Pattamajhi were arrested from their Baliganda village in Adaba police station," Superintendent of Police Sarthak Sarangi said.

The trio, in their early 20`s, was allegedly involved in several crimes including attack on a bus at Raipanka, mobile tower blast at Birikot, killing of a gram rakshi at Katama, forest beat house blast at Paniganda in Gajapati district and Nayagarh armoury attack in 2008.

Besides, Monita and Laxmi were also involved in torching of at least 14 vehicles used for road construction at Pindiki and landmine blast targeting a police vehicle Andhari Ghati in which policemen were injured.

The trio was forwarded to the court, Sarangi said.