A hard core Maoist Sarbu Wadeka along with two other Maoist militias was arrested in Narayanpatna block of Koraput district.

They were nabbed by personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) and Koraput district police from outskirts of Podapadar village under Narayanpatna police station limits on Thursday night. The two nabbed Maoist militias were Wadeka Siku and Wadeka Jetu. All of them were residents of Podapadar village.

All the three arrested persons were involved in several cases of violence including murders by Maoists and controversial tribal organisation Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) in Narayanpatna area

According to Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP), Awinash Kumar, Sarbu was a key Maoist leader of Narayanpatna area and had also served as body guard of CMAS top brass Nachika Linga, who is in the most wanted list of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh police. As per police records Nachika Linga was a Maoist commander.

Sarbu happened to be a key Maoist element of Srikakulam-Koraput joint Division Committee (SKDC) of Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC). Sarbu was also extreme close to Maoists like Daya and Aruna who head the Srikakulam-Koraput division of Maoists.

According to the police , during interrogation Sarbu revealed details about his training in guerrilla warfare of Maoists. He was involved in the landmine attack on BSF patrolling party at Pattamunda on September 1, 2012 in which a BSF Jawan named Xavier Kindo had been martyred. He was also involved in murder of contractor J. Rajendra Prasad on May 11, 2012 and murder Salu Praska of Laxmipur on February 24, 2012 in Laxmipur police station area.

Wadeka Siku was involved in murder of Nityananda Meleka of Gotiguda on May 9, 2009. The cases in which these three were involved included cases of murder, dacoity, abduction and forcive take over of land, police sources said.

It may be noted that a hardcore armed Maoist cadre, Nachika Chamara alias Samara, who had also served as bodyguard of Nachika Linga had surrendered before Koraput SP on January 4. In January there were a series of surrender of villagers of Bhaliaput, Upper Renga and Basnaput villages, who were earlier helping and providing logistic support to Maoists and CMAS, at Narayanpatna police station. They had promised to part ways with the violent organisations and lead normal life. This was suspected to have resulted in decline in strength of Maoists and CMAS in the area.