Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Police bask in the glory of Maoist arrests


Police bask in the glory of Maoist arrests

Statesman News Service
ROURKELA, Oct. 9: The arrest of the three CPI Maoist cadres, including one top notch woman operative, is considered to be a prize catch for the security forces.
Addressing the press late last night, Mr DS Kutte, SP, Rourkela said that the arrest of Sobha alias Shila alias Budhni Munda with two other hardcore cadres is a significant achievement from many angles. Budhni is a member of the central committee. Besides, she is the wife of Kisanda alias Prasad Bose, who heads the outfit’s Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar and the western and northern division of Orissa.
“The arrests are very vital for us as we can get important information which will help us in tackling the ultras of the outfit,” said Mr Kutte to the press. Terming it as a major success, the SP said: “Kisan heads four states and is next only to Ganapati of Andhra Pradesh, after the merger of the MCC with the dreaded PWG”. Budhni heads the woman wing of three districts in Orissa, besides being the member of the all India central committee, which has 38 members. “ She holds a very special place in the organisation and has access to many secrets”.
The other arrestee, Sanjay alias Bijay Tudu, 22, is a member of the 39th platoon, which is active in the Saranda jungle, bordering Orissa and Chattisgarh. Besides, heading an LRGS squad he is also in charge of the security of Budhni, said Mr Kutte. Besides, Rajan Rahul Munda, is also an active member of this squad.
“These two revealed that they are engaged to accompany the senior most leaders of the outfit in the jungle, during interrogation,” Mr Kutte said. A well coordinated exchange of information between Jharkhand and Orissa Police resulted in the arrest of the trio, informed Mr Kutte. The CRPF led the trap for the arrest of the three. The arrest of the three led to a massive combing of the whole area which did not yield any result.
Meanwhile, the three were remanded in judicial custody after initial interrogation in the CRPF camp at Lathikata. The three were subjected to 36 hours of intensive interrogation. The Sundergarh and Rourkela Police have declared a red alert all over the district following the arrest of the three.
They were brought amidst tight security to the CRPf camp at Sector-5. During initial interrogations, Budhni did not reveal any information. During the long 36 hours interrogation she only revealed her name and nothing else. Meanwhile, the security in Rourkela special jail has been tightened following the ultras’ track record of freeing their comrades through daring raids.
Mr SS Hansda, IG, Intelligence, also reviewed the security scenario in the wake of the arrest.
The Rourkela police headquarter, which incidentally houses the SP office is under tight security cover for obvious reasons.
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