Police to release posters in Naxal-affected areas

Posters seeking information about the most wanted Maoist Sabyasachi Panda and five other Maoist leaders will be released in the Naxalite-affected areas of Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, and Rayagada districts.

The posters are aimed at assisting the anti-Maoist operation that is in full swing after the recent exchange of fire between the Naxalites and the security forces near the Ganjam-Gajapati border in which five Maoists were killed. Sabyasachi escaped narrowly during the encounter. A massive operation is still on in the jungles of Ganjam and Gajapati border area to track down the escaped Maoists.

The posters will have the photographs of the Naxalites for their identification by the common people.

According to Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of police, southern range, R.K. Sharma, it will also be announced in the posters that the persons providing information about the Naxalites would be suitably rewarded and the identity of informants would be kept secret.

Apart from Sabyasachi, the other Naxalites whose photographs will find place in the posters include Sagar, Mahesh, Krishna, and two women Maoists Aruna and Sabita. Out of them Sagar, Mahesh, and Sabita are still with Sabyasachi. But Krishna and Aruna who were earlier with Sabyasachi, had parted ways after his expulsion from the CPI (Maoist) party in August. Krishna and Aruna are with the Chhatisgarh-Odisha group of Maoists.

According to sources, clout of Sabyasachi had diminished after he was expelled from the outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation.

Although he formed his own outfit named Odisha Maoist Party (OMP), he and his group are not getting proper support from Maoist sympathisers.

Owing to it, security forces are able to get information regarding movement of Sabyasachi group from grass root sources which led to the recent encounter in which five associates of Sabyasachi were killed. Police officials feel the posters with photographs will surely help in tracking down the Naxalites.