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Ex-sarpanch, who faces 100 FIRs, held

first_imgA former sarpanch of Chintagufa village in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, named in many incidents of Maoist violence, was apprehended a week ago. But the police are tight-lipped about the development.Pudium Panda was reportedly taken into custody from the forest near Minapa. He is former member of the Communist Party of India and former sarpanch of Chintagufa, which is situated on the Dornapal-Jagargunda Road, where the highest number of security men have died in Maoist attacks in the last few years. Police sources said he was first interrogated at the Chintagufa police station and then taken to Sukma. His wife, now the sarpanch of Chintagufa, was taken to Sukma to identify him. Asked about the arrest, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Dantewada Range) P. Sundar Raj said: “Not arrested so far.”Mr. Panda is facing over 100 cases against him. He has been named in almost every Maoist attack on security forces on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road in the past eight years, including the 2010 attack at Tadmetla, in which 76 CRPF soldiers were killed. ‘Never carried weapons’However, Communist leader and former Sukma MLA Manish Kunjam said Mr. Panda never carried any weapon, nor was he not involved in any violence. “They [the police] have not disclosed his arrest, and we are afraid he may be booked in many more cases. He was a sarpanch during Salwa Judum days and was also associated with our party,” said Mr.Kunjam.last_img

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