Malkangiri: Two hardcore Maoists, allegedly involved in several offences including recent attack in Chhattisgarh, were arrested in Odisha`s Malkangiri district on Monday, police said.
The ultras were nabbed during a joint operation by the elite Special Operation Group (SOG) and police in Katamateru forest of Matapeka area, Malkangiri district Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.
The Maoists, identified as Ora Madhi and Kasa Kunjami, had joined the Naxal outfit over five years ago and had taken part in a number of strikes, he said.
It is suspected that the duo had taken part in the recent attack by red rebels in Chhattisgarh, police said adding that the two ultras were also involved in planting of seven landmines in Sikhapali area of Malkangiri last year.
The landmines were, however, detected and neutralised in time before causing any harm to anyone, they said.
The arrest of the duo came a day after four hardcore Maoists involved in many offences including killing of an SPO were caught in the district.