Four Suspected Maoists Arrested In Odisha’s Malkangiri

**Chitrakonda:** Four suspected Maoists including a minor, held during a joint combing operation of Odisha Police and Andhra Police on October 12, have been arrested today.

As per reports, on October 10, a team of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Odisha Police had launched a counter-insurgency operation in Jantri Gram Panchayat of Swabhiman (erstwhile cut-off) area.

While the security forces were near the outskirts of Jantri village on October 12 evening, they noticed four unknown persons running away towards nearby forest with some suspicious items, after seeing the police party.

The security forces caught hold of them after a chase and seized two electronic detonators, three packets of gelatine stick paste used as high explosives, two carriage boxes containing nail, glass pieces, urea and some electric wire.

Upon interrogation, they admitted that they are working for banned CPI (Maoist) organisation. They also admitted that they were planning to use the explosive materials against the police party during their operations in the area.

Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena informed that combing operation in the Swabhiman area has been intensified. The accused persons and seized articles will be produced before the District Judge – cum -Special Judge Malkangiri.

Meena also informed that as per ossification test, one accused is minor who will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board. He further appealed the Maoists to shun the path of violence, surrender and be part of development process of Swabhiman area.

A woman Maoist had also been gunned down in an encounter with police personnel near Andrapalli forest in Swabhiman area on morning of October 12. She had been identified as Meena alias Nidiginda Prameela, a DCM ranked maoist cadre, the wife of Gajarala Ravi alias Uday, secretary of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the CPI (Maoists).

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