Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Five Naxals held

Express News Service First Published : 14 Jul 2009 03:29:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

WARANGAL: The Warangal police arrested five Prajapratighatana Naxalites and recovered arms from them in the wee hours of Monday.

Those held included Mulug zonal committee secretary and Warangal district in-charge Vanka Lakshmaiah alias Chandranna (24), Punem Sammaiah (42), Arikela Mallesh (22), Tadakala Madhukar (24) and Bolle Bhaskar (22).

Producing them before mediapersons here today, Superintendent of Police V C Sajjanar alleged that they were held when they met in Varlapuram-Bakkaiahpet forest in Tadvai mandal to plan revenge for the death of Pratighatana State secretary Ashok’s death in an `encounter’ on July 1. He claimed that the special party police chased the Naxalites and took them into custody as they began fleeing the place on seeing the cops.

The arms recovrered from them included two springfield rifles, three 8mm rifles, two SBBL and one ALR (automatic loading rifle) and a DBBL rifle.

The SP said the arrest of Chandranna dalam members was a big loss to Pratighatana group in the district. ``It has lost its ground,’’ he said and reminded that seven Naxalites of the group had surrendered in November, 2008 and that State secretary Ashok died in a recent encounter.

Stating that the group has been carrying on its activities with money extorted from contractors and businessmen, he appealed to the people not to donate to such groups. Sajjanar said that there were several cases registered against Chandranna including murders. A native of Muttapuram village in Govindraopet, Chandranna had escaped during the July 1 encounter, the SP said.

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