Maoists arrested, weapons seized in Orissa

Three hardcore Maoists were arrested and weapons and explosives seized during a raid by security personnel in the forests located on the Orissa and West Bengal border, police said.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 16:20 PM IST

Baripada: Three hardcore Maoists
were arrested and weapons and explosives seized during a raid by security personnel in the forests located on the Orissa and
West Bengal border, police said.

After a tip off, security personnel from Orissa and
West Bengal raided Jhauri and Telia, two adjacent forests, and
destroyed a camp run by the rebels.

The ultra leaders Kishore, Ranjan and Dipa managed to
flee the spot but three of their associates were nabbed by the
security personnel, Superintendent of Police (Mayurbhanj)
Dayal Gangwar said.

The nabbed ultras were identified as Umakanta Bera of
Pachurakhuara and Subash Badhuka of Badatanga villages under
Nayagram police station and Rupaka Mahanta of Ramchandrapur
village under Jhargram police station in West Bengal.

The group was active in Gopiballavpur and Nayangram
area of West Bengal`s West Midnapore district and Suliapada
and Chandia area of Orissa`s Mayurbhanj district, he said.
After a thorough search in in the area, the cops
seized at least three rifles, 14 live cartridges and 21
gelatine sticks.
The group had shot dead Sukanta Mumu of Handibhanga
village under Suliapada police station area suspecting him to
be a police informer on July 14 and the same night they had
torched the house of Shyam Sundar Marandi in the same village
and looted his property and cash.

Earlier, on April 11 they had shot dead Goutam Hatoi
at Kathasirisi village.

PTI