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Youth held for extorting money by posing as Maoist

Koraput: A youth was arrested for allegedly impersonating himself as a Maoist and trying to extort money from a forest officer in Odisha's Koraput district, the police said here on Monday.

It is alleged that posing as a Maoist cadre, Roshan Kumar Khora had telephoned the Korput divisional forest officer on October 7 and demanded Rs 10,000 and threatened him with dire consequence if he informed the police.

Following repeated calls, the DFO filed a complaint with the police.

The caller was caught following an investigation and tracking of his mobile phone, Koraput SP Awinash Kumar said.

Kohra is a resident of Upper Kutinga village under Laxmipur police station but for the past few days he was staying in a relative's house a few km away from Koraput.

"During interrogation it was found that the youth has no link with the Maoists and just to make quick bucks he intensified himself as a Naxalite because people seldom dare to complain against the Red rebels to the police," the SP said.

Taking advantage of the terror unleashed by the Maoists in this part of the state, there has been a rise in such incidents in recent past.

In the past few weeks, police in Rayagada district had arrested at least 11 copycat cadres for trying to extort traders and government officials. Two such cadres were also arrested from Malkangiri district in August.

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