Three persons, including an engineering college student and a technician, were arrested by Chandua police in Mayurbhanj district on Friday in connection with the threat calls made to BJD MP Laxman Tudu in the name of Maoists.
They have been identified as Premanshu Mohapatra (25) of Nuagaon village, Heeralal Senapati (26) of Bombay Chhack, both under Jharpokharia police limits and Sushanta Pradhan of Jagatpur in Cuttack district.
While Premanshu studies B Tech in a private engineering college at Jharpokharia and Heeralal works as a junior technician at the local electrical division, Sushanta is a businessman. They will be produced in court on Saturday.
Chandua police station IIC Jayanarayan Khandei said the accused have confessed to the crime and admitted that they had called Tudu to extract money. Police tracked the cell phones to locate the callers and nabbed them within 24 hours.
“The call was made by Premanshu who had brought the SIM card from Heeralal. Interestingly, Sushanta had made another call to the MP on Thursday after going through the report in the media. They all have been rounded up. Preliminary investigations revealed that they did not have any links with the Maoists,” he informed.
Tudu, who is the Mayurbhanj district president of the BJD, had claimed that he received threat calls on October 4 and 7.