Armed Maoists abducted four personnel from an Aadhar enrollment camp in Odisha's Malkangiri district and freed them with a warning to halt the process, a senior official said today. Malkangiri district Collector D Prashant Kumar Reddy said Aadhar enrollment operation in the area has been suspended after the incident.
A group of armed ultras struck when Aadhar enrollment was in progress at Tekguda primary school in Kalimela area, about 50 km from here yesterday, the district Collector said. After surrounding the staff, the Naxals took away four of the seven personnel from the enrollment venue into the nearby forest, he said. The ultras also took away laptops, computers, cameras and other equipment. All the four abducted persons were released after the Maoists grilled them thoroughly about the enrollment operations and verified their identity documents, the Collector said.
Efforts were on to recover the laptops and other gadgets taken away by the ultras, he said. The four personnel were set free with a warning that the enrollment process be stopped, he said. The rebels have sent a letter asking officials to halt the enrollment drive in the region forthwith, the police said. Security has been tightened in the area after the incident and investigation is on, Inspector In-Charge of Kalimela police station S K Nayak said.