Two Maoists involved in more than a dozen murder cases were arrested in Narayanpatna area of Koraput district of Odisha on Saturday.

They were nabbed from Kunjiri area under Narayanpatna police station limits during a special operation started by Koraput district police basing on intelligence reports. The prize catch happened to be a most wanted Maoist named Samburu Sirika (35) of Tala Denkapadu village, who was wanted in relation to more than 40 cases of Maoist violence including 10 murder cases. Along with him another Maoist named Beeri Miniaka (35) from Tinganaput was also apprehended.

According to Koraput Superintendent of Police (SP) Awinash Kumar, Samburu Sirika had initially become part of violent activities of controversial tribal organisation Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha (CMAS). Later he graduated to the Maoist organisation and became the local commander of Srikakulam Koraput Divisional Committee (SKDC) of Andhra Orissa Border State Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation. He was active in Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon areas of Koraput district, Rayagada district as well in areas of adjoining Andhra Pradesh.

According to the SP both of them were involved in the landmine attack in 2012 in which one Border Security force (BSF) personnel named Xavier Kindo was martyred. It was hoped that their interrogation would reveal much information about Maoist organisation and activities in Koraput district especially in Narayanpatna area.