Two Maoists arrested in Sambalpur

Sambalpur, Dec 31: Two Maoists, allegedly involved in several offences, were arrested during a special operation by security forces in Naktideula area of Sambalpur district, police said today.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of elite Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) conducted a raid in a naxal hide-out and arrested the duo on Friday night, said B P Babu, assistant commandant, district anti-naxal squad.

Around five ultras were present at the hide-out when the operation was conducted, but three of them managed to flee while two were caught, he said adding no arms and ammunition was seized from them.

The two Maoists were identified as Sanjit Munda (18) alias Ramesh of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand and Biswanath Bagta (19) alias Akash of Sundargarh district, police said.

Munda had joined the banned Maoist outfit in 2010 and he was involved in several incidents including exchanges of fire with security forces, they said adding both the ultras were active in Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh districts and adjoining areas.

Combing operation was launched in some places on the basis of information obtained during interrogation of the arrested Maoists, police added.