Maoist dies of illness in Orissa jail

Jailed Maoist commander Ashok Narayan Bhukta alias Damadeo, who worked for strengthening the base of the iltras in Sundargarh district has died of illness, jail sources said.

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010, 14:53 PM IST

Sambalpur: Jailed Maoist
commander Ashok Narayan Bhukta alias Damadeo, who worked for
strengthening the base of the iltras in Sundargarh district
has died of illness, jail sources said on Friday.

Damadeo, convicted by a Rourkela court under the Arms
Act after his arrest in December 2007 and facing trial in many
other cases, died at the VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla
near here yesterday, the sources said.

He was being treated in the district headquarters
hospital here, VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla and SCB
Medical College Hospital at Cuttack for the last two months.

He died in the ICU of the hospital at Burla, they said.

Post-mortem was conducted at Burla and his family
members in Rourkela were informed, they said.

He was shifted from Rourkela to the Sambalpur circle
jail about a year ago as various cases were pending against
him in Sambalpur district.

A native of Baruatand village in the jurisdiction of
Keredi police station in Jharkhand, Damadeo was involved in
over 10 cases including murder, massacre and violence in
Sambalpur district.

After the disintegration of of MCC and PWG, Damadeo, a
area commander, was actively involved in strengthening the
base of the Maoists in Sundargarh and Deogarh in Sambalpur
district.

PTI