Naxals Near Bhubaneswar?

09 November 2018


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Khurda: A joint team of Odisha Police and two anti-naxal units of Special Operation Group (SOG) launched search operation in Gajamundia forests near Deuli under Begunia Police Station limits in the district here after interrogating a stranger detained on suspicion of having links with Maoists.

The security persons reportedly recovered cooking items from the forest while the search operation was underway till the reports last came in.

Khurda SP Dipti Ranjan Ray informed media, “The villagers of Deuli are suspecting him to be a person having links with the Maoists. The youth is not conversing in the local language. On being interrogated, he introduced himself to be hailing from Bhoden in Nuapada district.”

He further informed, “The youth is talking incoherently. He has two hunchbacks. His age is guessed to be between 20-22 years. As he is not a local, the locals here enquired of his movement in this jungle area. The villagers also noticed that smoke emanating from the nearby hilltop where cooking was going on.”

He also informed, “Deuli hill is considered to be an infamous spot where the Excise sleuths have raided on spurious liquor dens there. Hence, he has been caught as he is not a local person. After catching hold of the suspected youth, the villagers informed the Begunia Police Station. We have detained him and I’m personally interrogating him. Till now, no such links have been established. As of now we can’t definitely dub him as a Maoist or Maoist supporter. Nothing objectionable or illegal possession has been recovered from him. However, we are verifying his original identity in detail. A team will be sent to his claimed native place.”

“When interrogated he revealed that he had come to the village to purchase ‘Chuda’ (flattened rice), biscuit, etc spending Rs 200,” stated the Khurda SP.

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Dipti Ranjan Ray, SP, Khurda, Odisha