Four suspected Maoists, including three from neighbouring Jharkhand, were arrested during combing operation at Taiburu forest in Sundargarh district bordering Orissa-Jharkhand, police said today.
The ultras, arrested yesterday, were allegedly involved in the killing of Koida police sub-inspector Ajit
Bardhan on July 16, 2009 at Jharbeda under Banki, they said.
One of the Maoists was identified as Guru Charan Singh of Mahupada village in K. Balang area and the rest three
hail from Nuagam village in Jharkhand.
A joint combing operation by CRPF, SOG and local police was on in naxal infested villages bordering
Jharkhand after Maoists assaulted one Harekrushna Singh of Mahupada on December 10, suspecting him to be police
During the combing, the security personnel had recoverd nine can bombs, a clymore mine and a huge quantity of
materials used to prepare explosive devices, police said.
Many residents of five villages affected by Maoist menace had deserted their villages and staged dharna near
K. Balang poice station and its adjoining NH-23 on December 11 demanding security. They returned only after security camps were opened at Jharbeda and Mahupada villages.
The villagers of Relhatura, Sanbalijore and Nanglakata have been demanding similar security camps at their villages.
The villagers numbering about 400 have left their homes yesterday and taken shelter at K. Balang town.