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Threatened, private firm employees supplied explosive materials to Maoists in Odisha

Malkangiri (Odisha), Sep 17 (ANI): Nine employees of a Hyderabad-based private company were arrested in Odisha’s Malkangiri District for supplying explosives to the Maoists.

The employees were working in an infrastructure company based in Hyderabad and had undertaken several road construction projects in the area.

According to reports the Company agreed to supply explosives in exchange for safety by Maoists. The Company was facing financial losses due to delay in completion of road projects

Inspector in-charge of Malkangiri Police Station, Anirudh Routray, informed that the employees were arrested while they were transporting around 60 kilograms of explosives.

“We arrested them while they were supplying explosives to the Maoists. We had prior information that they had nexus with the Maoists and they were providing logistic support to the rebels,” said Routray.

Police informed that they have also recovered huge quantities of improvised explosive devices (IED), gelatine powder, mobile phones, batteries and Maoist literature.

The arrested include CEO of the company, A Bhupal and eight other employees, N V Ravi Kumar, P J Yoganand, C Sudhakar Naidu, G Ratnam, K Sudhakar, K Benumadhav, Pradeep Biswal, and Y Lingamayah.

“Along with the company CEO, eight other people who were involved with supplying arms and explosives to the Maoists have been arrested. In total, nine people have been arrested and they have been sent to jail,” said Routray. (ANI)