09 January 2020
Malkangiri: The main accused in abduction of former Malkangiri Collector R Vineel Krishna- Belam Narayan aka Damadar and his wife Ganga Madhi alias Phulamati were arrested today at Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border near Malkangiri.
The duo was involved in as many as 100 criminal activities and Damadar even had a bounty of Rs 20 lakh on his head. Damadar was the appointed secretary of Malkangiri area committee and the couple was actively involved in increasing Mao presence in both Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
The couple was involved in the infamous abduction of former Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi, who were returning after an interaction programme in the tribal-dominated district. Causing a serious setback to the neighbouring states’ anti-insurgency activities, combing operations were suspended and five jailed Maoists had to be released in exchange for release of Krishna and Majhi.
The arrest was hailed as a great step towards diminishing the Naxal activities in Malkangiri and nearby areas.