Koraput: A militia member of Maoists was arrested on charges of murdering a Sarpanch in Koraput district. He was a member of Nandapur area committee.
He has been identified as Apana Seda of Balliyaguda village under Padwa police limits.
Acting on a tip-off, the Koraput police launched a search operation and arrested Seda. He was involved in the murder of Jaga Khara, sarpanch of Nandapur panchayats. The sarpanch was killed by Maoists in Aug 2017.
Reportedly, a group of 50 armed Maoists had barged into the house of Khara on Aug 7, 2017 when he was asleep and dragged him outside. The extremists later killed him by slitting his throat.
Police also suspected his involvement in the killing of TDP MLA in Andhra Pradesh. Odisha police will write to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to interrogate the accused in this connection.