A manager of a petrol pump here was arrested by police on Sunday on charges of alleged links with the outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit. He has been identified as D Saikrishna, working for a petrol pump at Raighar area of the district.
Nine days back, three Maoist supporters were arrested with explosive materials from the district.
SP Brajesh Ray said with information from the three supporters, police raided the house of Saikrishna and seized eight walkie-talkie sets and some SIM cards. Saikrishna was to supply these to the Maoists.
Ray added that Prafulla Kumar Chetti and K Suresh Patnaik, who have been in judicial custody after their arrest on September 28, brought on police remand two days back told about Saikrishna’s involvement in providing logistic support to Maoists active in Nabarangpur district.
Ray further said that Saikrishna has been in the Maoist logistic support chain for the last one and a half years. The seized walkie-talkie sets are capable of making radio links up to 50 km range.
Saikrishna was produced in court which remanded him in judicial custody.
Earlier, police had nabbed Chetti, Patnaik and one Manoj Dakua from a bus stand in Nabarangpur and seized from them 6.3 kg of explosive materials.