He was involved in several murder cases

A hardcore Maoist, who was also a close aide of central committee member of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation Modem Balkrishna, was arrested in Kotgarh police station area in Kandhamal district. He was involved in several murders.

The Maoist, Mathew Bhadeka alias Kailash (30), was part of the Bansadhara division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation.

Basing on intelligence inputs regarding his presence in Kotgarh police station area, a joint operation was launched by the personnel of Kandhamal district police station, District Voluntary Force (DVF), Special Operation Group (SOG), and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to nab him.

According to the Rayagada district police sources, Mathew was arrested in Meraguri village under Kotagarh police station limits on Tuesday. As per the confession of the arrested Maoist during interrogation, he used to carry a Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) while in the Naxalite group. But no arms were seized from his possession.

During interrogation, Mathew confessed to his involvement in five major cases of Maoist violence.

He was involved in the landmine blast aimed at an ambulance at Sikaramaha near Brahmanigaon in Kandhamal district in February 2010, in which five persons, including two women, were killed.

He was also involved in the murder of a panchayat samiti member Sitaram Uthansingh and Peter Sunamajhi at Madikeda village under Kotagarh police station on August 4, 2011. He was also involved in the landmine blast near Patmaha on January 5, 2012 which killed three police constables and injured three others.

Mathew hailed from Ambimaha village under Chandrapur police station in Rayagada district. Since past four years he was active in incidents of Maoist violence. While in the Bansadhara division, he was close to Maoist leader D. Keshav Rao alias Azad, the Maoist leader who surrendered.

In the past he was also the associate of Sabyasachi Panda, who after his expulsion from the CPI (Maoist) organisation, formed Odisha Maovadi Party (OMP). But Mathew had preferred not to join the OMP and remained with the Bansadhara division.