Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2 ex-Naxals held for extortion in land dispute

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 18 Mar 2009 03:30:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 18 Mar 2009 01:55:59 PM IST

HYDERABAD: Two surrendered Naxalites were arrested Tuesday by the Cyberabad police for extorting money from a person to settle a land dispute.

Earlier, four persons were arrested for hiring the surrendered Naxalites.

The arrested surrendered Naxalites are - Pochaiah alias Srinivas of Medak and Rajeshwar alias Sagar of Kamareddy in Nizamabad district. Both of them are members of Revolutionary Patriotic Tigers (RPT) of Patlolla Goverdhan Reddy, which is involved in several cases of extortions and murders.

Nacharam police inspector V Venkateshwarlu said Pochaiah worked as a deputy commander of Indrapriyal dalam of Maoists in Medak between 1990-99 and surrendered. The other surrendered Naxalite, Sagar, worked with the Bheemgul dalam in Nizamabad.

According to police, the two surrendered Naxalites were hired by one Surender, to settle his 20-year-old land dispute with Rama Rao.

The surrendered naxalites threatened and extorted Rs 50 lakh from Rama Rao a couple of months back. Surender along with his relative, Rajaram, and two others - Jaffer, a former sarpanch of Medak, and Janardhan Reddy were arrested earlier. Police recovered Rs 1 lakh from the surrendered Naxalites.

The two were also involved in the murder of a realtor, Nageshwar Rao, at Saidabad about an year ago, Venkateshwarlu said.

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