Bhubaneswar: A hardcore Maoist and his three associates were arrested and a huge cache of explosives and arms were seized in separate operations in Orissa`s Sambalpur and Rayagada districts.
The major arms haul was made in Maoist-hit Chandrapur
block of Rayagada district where securitymen swung into action
on the basis of information given by a surrendered ultra, the
police said today.
During a special operation in the dense Sitagudi
forest in Chandrapur block on the night of December 11-12,
security personnel stumbled upon the explosives including 15
powerful landmines weighing five kg each, they said.
The seizures also included five high-explosive
grenades, 14 country-made guns, 17 detonators, six bundles of
wire, six country-made bullets, six pressure bombs with keys,
two remote key, 50 empty detonator case besides live
cartridges, a battery, 18 empty tiffin carriers and six gun
barrel, they said.
In Sambalpur district, a hardcore Maoist from
neighbouring Jharkhand involved in imparting arms training
to rebel cadre in Saranda forest and his three associates
were arrested last night, Sambalpur Superintendent of Police
Nikhil Kanodia said.
On a tip-off, the ultra identified as Ranbir Jharna
alias Mangala, who hailed from Anka Gurubeda under Khumti
district of Jharkhand, was nabbed by a police team when he was
in the town for purchasing materials for carrying out Maoist
activities, he said.
Jharna alongwith his accomplices - Mangalu Munda,
Basant Harenz and Durga Topno - was staying in a rented house
at Deheripalli locality here, police said adding the house was
being used as a transit centre by the red rebels.
The three associates of Jharna, involved in offences
like torching of a construction company plant, were being used
for logistic support and similar works.