Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dreaded naxal held after 22 yrs

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 AT 3:06 PM

CHENNAI: Continuing its drive against naxals, the Q Branch Police, dealing with cases of extremism and terrorism, arrested a dreaded naxal who had been eluding the police dragnet for the last 22 years.

Police sources said the hardcore naxal, N K Gopal (59), hailing from Dharmapuri District, was arrested at New Delhi by a special team and brought to Chennai today.

He was being interrogated.

Gopal, who took to naxalism in the early 70s, was involved in various murder cases. He was handed out capital punishment in connection with the murder of a landlord, Dharmalingam, by the trial court.

However, it was commuted to life on an appeal preferred by him.

He was arrested and lodged in Salem Prison in connection with an attack on policemen. However, he came out on a month's parole in June 1987.

Since then he went underground and police had been searching him for the last 22 years.

Acting on an information provided by naxals who were arrested recently as part of intensified drive, the Q Branch Police raided his hideout in New Delhi and nabbed Gopal.

This comes close on the heels of arrest of key naxals Yelagiri Ravi and Tamizhvanan. Based on the information provided by them, hardcore naxal Sivalingam, who had been eluding the police for 34 years, was nabbed recently.

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