Maoist arrested in Orissa district (India)
Malkangiri: Even as the bandh called by Communist Party of India (Maoist) evoked partial response in this naxal-affected district, a Maoist was arrested by a joint team of Orissa and Chhattishgarh police on Monday morning.
According to the police, Laxman, an expert in laying landmines, was arrested from Orkelguda village under Malkangiri police station. The village is close to the Orissa-Chhattishgarh border.
The early-morning arrest was made during a joint combing operation in the area.
The arrest followed an exchange of fire between the police and Maoists in the district's Kalimela area on Monday evening. Although no bodies could be recovered, two naxalites were suspected to have been killed by the police.
Meanwhile, the bandh called by the Maoists in protest against the recent police firing in Nandigram in West Bengal evoked a partial response in the district. While streets wore a deserted look in the naxal-prone areas of Kalimela, MV-79, Motu, Padia and Chitrakonda, life was normal in the district headquarter town of Malkangiri.
Von: 20.03.2007 www.kalingatimes.com