Security stepped up as top Maoist sent to prison

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 00:38

Koraput: Security arrangement at
several places here has been beefed up as top Maoist leader
Chandra Bhusanam alias Ghasi was sent to jail on Monday after five
days in police custody.

Ghasi, who was arrested on April 5, was in police
custody since Thursday.

"For interrogation we had sought a five day remand of
Ghasi from the court and after completion of interrogation, he
was produced in the court. He has been sent to jail after his
bail plea was rejected," Koraput superintendent of police Anup
Kumar Sahoo said.

Meanwhile, fearing a backlash over the arrest of the
Maoist leader, security has been strengthened across the
district.

Extra forces have been deployed at a few strategic
locations and security has been beefed up at the district jail
where the Maoist leader was lodged.

"Arrest of Ghasi is a major setback for the Maoist
organisation and there is every possibility of retaliation
from the rebels. Extra security measures have been taken and
presently the situation is under control. Security has been
kept on high alert," the SP said.

Ghasi was involved in over 200 Maoist offensives in
Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and the neighbouring government had
announced a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh on his head, the police
said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 00:38

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