A hardcore Maoist, Era Podiami alias Mukesh (30) was arrested in Malkangiri district on Wednesday. He was nabbed from Marigetta village under Kalimela police station during a joint operation by personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) and Malkangiri district police.

The arrested Naxalite was an active member of the Kalimela dalam of the Andhra Odisha Border State Zonal Committee (AOBSZC). It may be noted that an area committee member of the Kalimela dalam named Gita Kunjami (25) alias Jamuna has surrendered before Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) on December 1.

The arrested Maoist Era, hailed from a family of Maoists. According to Malkangiri SP, Akhileshwar Singh, Era’s father Waga Padiami is continuing as a prominent member of the Kalimela dalam of naxalites. Waga happens to be a divisional committee member of the Kalimela dalam. It was hinted that Waga had motivated his son to become part of the leftist extremists.

Era hails from Marigetta and has been involved in several cases of Maoist violence in Kalimela police station area. According to police sources, he along with other Naxalites like Budra Kewani of Tekguda, Nanda Madkami of Tumkimadka, Deba Padiami of Sanatekguda had planted and blasted a landmine near Erakonda village in Kalimela police station area on Oct 29, 2012. This blast was targeted at a troupe of BSF and local police personnel, who were returning to their base after clearing a road which Maoists had blocked with a felled tree a day earlier.

Around 40 security personnel in this troupe had escaped unhurt as the blast could not be timed properly by these Maoist vagrants. The blast had occurred around 500 m away from the troupe. As investigation had revealed the names of Maoists involved in this incident, security personnel had started tracking Era since then.

The arrested Naxalite was also involved in an ambush in 2006 in which the Maoists had fired at the personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He was also involved in using terror tactics to create support base for the Maoists in Kalimela police station area. He was not even sparing inhabitants of his home village. Earlier this year, he had resorted to armed dacoity at the house of Ram Chandra Podiami of Marigetta, as Ram was not showing interest to support the Maoists. He was also among the Maoists involved in the destruction of concrete mixture machine used for public work near MPV22 village in October last year.

The arrested Naxalite was an active member of Kalimela dalam of Maoists' AOB Zonal Committee