Security tightened in State ahead of panchayat polls

Arrests and seizure of explosives are on the rise as security is tightened in Maoist-affected areas of undivided Koraput district for the coming panchayat polls.

On Thursday three major aides of Maoists were arrested by security forces from Malipadar village under Baipariguda police station limits in Koraput district.

Three SBML guns and huge quantity of material of day-to-day use meant for supply to the Maoists were seized from their possession.

The arrested persons were from Durua community and were identified as Sitaram Durua, Jagannath Durua and Lukuna Durua.

“Usually tribal people of Durua community are not close to Maoists. But these three were exceptions”, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, south-west range Soumendra Priyadarshi.

The materials of day-to-day use stored with them to be supplied to Maoists included hundreds of soaps, oil, tea, rice etc. Apart from it 10 bundles of wires used to detonate landmines were also seized from them.

Increase in surveillance has also led to arrest of four fake Maoists in Koraput district on Wednesday.

They were arrested from Semiliguda police station area. They were trapped while they were trying to extort money from a trader.

To make themselves look authentic they were using toy pistol, fake Maoist kit bag and uniform.

On Saturday security forces unearthed 282 gelatin sticks, 10 bundles of live wires, 28 metal tiffin boxes used to make landmines as well as other Maoist belongings from a secret dump in the forest under Machkund police limits.

The explosives were dumped in the forest in a plastic drum.

Similar explosive seizure has also occurred in Maoist-affected Malkangiri district. It is suspected that the seized explosives were kept for some violent activity during panchayat polling process.

Mr. Priyadarshi said now they are involved in area domination through intense patrolling and combing operations.

He was confident that as the panchayat polls are to be held in five phases in the Maoist-affected areas of undivided Koraput district, their area domination would be able to thwart any violent mischief attempted by the Leftist miscreants .