Hardcore Maoist carrying Rs 20 lakh on his head arrested in Koraput
Bhubaneswar: In a major success in the fight against Maoists, Odisha Police arrested a top Maoist leader, Dubashi Shankar, carrying Rs 20 lakh reward on his head, DGP Abhay said on Tuesday. Shankar is the highest-ranking Maoist to be arrested or neutralised in the past 20 years by the Odisha Police, he said.
On receipt of credible information regarding movement of a group of banned Maoists in the forest area under Boipariguda police limits in Koraput district, an anti-Maoist operation was launched on September 12 night, Abhay said. On the next day early morning, the police party apprehended the hardcore Maoist who has several names — Dubashi Shankar, Mahender, Arun, Ramesh, RM and Mahesh, he said.
One Insas Rifle, 10 rounds of ammunition, a mobile phone, radio, Amazon kindle, cash of Rs 35,500 and other articles have been recovered from the possession of Shankar. Koraput Police forwarded him to court, the DGP said. On interrogation, Shankar revealed that he joined the Maoist organisation in 1987 in Indrapuriyal area committee as a party member. He was promoted to the rank of Special Zonal Committee Member (SZCM) in 2003 and joined Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) in 2004. In 2010, he joined the State Military Commission (SMC).
Abhay said the Maoist was involved in several heinous crimes, including ambush in Damanjodi in which 10 CISF jawans were martyred and Govindapalli landmine blast in 2010 in which 11 police personnel were killed. Besides, he was also involved in Janiguda ambush case in 2012 in which four BSF personnel were killed, the DGP said.
Shankar was also involved in two criminal cases in Koraput district, 18 cases in Malkangiri district, 32 cases in Visakhapatnam district and 24 criminal cases in Telangana.
In a related development, a Maoist cadre surrendered before the police in Koraput district on Tuesday. He will get assistance in accordance with the Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme of Odisha Government. Sonal Madvi alias Kiran, an area committee member of the CPI(Maoist), claimed that he was not in favour of the “unnecessary civilian killings” by the outfit, police said.
Madvi also stated that Odia cadres of the banned organisation are “looked down upon by their Telugu and Chhattishgarhi counterparts”, the police added.