Junior Clerk, aide collect extortion as Maoists, arrested in Odisha
Malkangiri: The district police today arrested two persons including a Junior Clerk for impersonating themselves as Maoists and demanding extortion from people.
The arrested persons have been identified as Keshab Khilla (48), of Post office line under Korukonda PS, who is working as Junior clerk at Khairput Tahasil office, and Rama Chandra Majhi (32), of Pujarimunda village under Pandripani PS.
The matter came to light when one Kondapalli Chinna Rao of Hi-Tech colony filed a case against them with Malkangiri police alleging that the duo identifying themselves as Maoists had demanded Rs 5 lakh from him and had also threatened to kill him and his family, if he fails to pay the ransom.
Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena said, “On receipt of the report, the above-noted case was registered and investigated. Since registration of the case, police engaged reliable spies/sources to work out clue towards identity of the culprits.”
“A special police team was formed and worked closely with the complainant. A plan was chalked out and venue was fixed in an isolated place near a hill in between Korukonda-Kambeda where the complainant had to pay the ransom to the accused persons as per their demand. When the complainant delivered the ransom amount to the accused persons in a paper bag today, both the accused persons were apprehended in the raid conducted by the police at the spot,” he added.
Meena further said that Khilla is the mastermind in this case who is working as Junior clerk at Khairput Tahasil office. He had engaged accused Rama Chandra Majhi by giving him a new Mobile phone and giving the telephone number of the complainant.