Maoists Link: Odisha Father-Son Duo Arrested by DRI

Mumbai: Two persons were arrested by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) weeks ago for their alleged link with Maoists. The father-son duo were identified as Vishnu Bhadra (56) and Premanand (35), both residents of Malkangiri in Odisha.

They were arrested by DRI in July in Chhattisgarh. Now DRI is probing their links with naxalite groups.

They reportedly told DRI officials they used to pay heavy hafta or chanda to naxals to safely transport their drug consignments from Odisha to Chhatisgarh. They told investigators they would make a profit of Rs 50 lakh on each trip while transporting 6.5 tonnes of ganja.

DRI had arrested Dharam Rao, Surjit Singh Randhawa and Avataar Singh for transporting ganja worth Rs 10 crore on June 24. While Randhawa was a truck driver and Avataar a cleaner, Rao is believed to be a conduit from Andhra Pradesh.

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