Three Maoists arrested

Rayagada: Three hardcore Maoists were arrested during a joint combing operation by security personnel in Koraput district, police said today. The ultras were apprehended during an operation by elite special operation group (SOG) and CRPF personnel in Barigaon under Laxmipur police limits on Wednesday, SP Anup Krishna said.

They were identified as Dasaratha, Kamburu and Chintamani in the age group of 30 and 40 years. While Dasarath was involved in various Maoists activities, about 13 criminal cases were pending against him.

Even he sustained bullet injury at Basangamali area under Kashipur police station in 2009 during a combing operation by security personnel. Though no specific charges were pending against Kamburu and Chintamani, both were close associate of Dasaratha, the SP said.