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Suspected Youth Detained In Khurda Not A Maoist: Odisha Central Range IG

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09 November 2018


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Khurda: After conducting marathon interrogation followed by verifications as well as search operation by the security forces, Central Range IG Soumendra Priyadarshi today cleared the air by averring that the suspected youth detained yesterday by the Begunia Police is not a Maoist nor does he have any Maoist links.

Speaking to media today, the Central Range IG informed, “Yesterday he was caught near the Deuli hill moving in a suspicious manner First news spread thick that he was having Maoist links. Subsequently we verified. Our special team along with the suspected youth verified the spot he was staying. His name is Suresh Maharia, a resident of Nuapada district.”

“It was first suspected as he is from Nuapada and staying with two of his associates. But as per our latest verification, he has no links with the Maoists. Our preliminary enquiry reveals that this youth was working in a brick kiln in Andhra Pradesh and has sneaked away from there and hiding here,” he added.

“The question arises why he has hidden here. For which our interrogation is still on to ascertain the reason behind it. Interrogation also revealed that his two associates are also from Nuapada district. We have verified his track record from Nuapada and till now got verified that he hasn’t any links with the Maoists,” the IG clarified.

Notably, The youth was detained on suspicion of having links with Maoists on Thursday (November 8). The villagers of Deuli had suspected him to be a person having links with the red rebels as the youth was not conversing in the local language, following which a search operation had been launched in Deuli Hill this morning.

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Soumendra Priyadarshi, IG, Central Range, Odisha