CRPF personnel on Thursday arrested one of the main accused involved in the 2008 Nayagarh police armoury loot in coastal Orissa where 14 policemen were killed by a group of more than 100 Maoists.
A joint team of the CRPF and Special Operations Group of the Orissa Police arrested Ramesh Tama,a deputy commander of Kashipur-Niamgir Dalam of the Maoists which operates in the state. He is a native of Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh. The security forces also arrested two other members of the unit,Kamru Majhi and Chintamani Majhi,who belong to Rayagada district,Orissa.
We received a specific information that the accused would be coming to Sankarda village,Koraput district, said S N Sabat,Inspector General (operations),Orissa,CRPF.
Officials said Tama has 12 criminal cases registered against him. We have not recovered any weapons from them,but the police are completing the formalities to make recoveries at their instance, said a CRPF official. He said that Tama is being considered as a prize-catch,and during the past one week this is the 10th arrest.
Tama had reportedly masterminded the armoury robbery at Nayagarh and attacked the police training school,killing 14 policemen and one civilian. A group of more than 100 Maoists had attacked the armoury in the first such big attack in Orissa. The incident was reported on February 16,2008.