Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Greyhounds in Koraput in search of RK

Express News Service First Published : 16 Nov 2010 04:42:18 AM ISTLast Updated : 16 Nov 2010 11:08:03 AM IST

HYDERABAD/BHUBANESWAR: A day after the Orissa Police arrested Padma, wife of top Maoist leader Ramakrishna alias RK, the Andhra Pradesh Police on Monday denied speculation that her husband was also picked up.

A team from AP’s elite anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds, is in Koraput, where Padma was arrested, to gather information about the whereabouts of RK, the CPI (Maoist) central committee member and Andhra-Orissa-border (AOB) special zonal committee general secretary.

They were present during her interrogation basing on which a joint combing operation was launched along the Andhra-Orissaborder (AOB) to nab RK and his son Prithvi alias Munna, said to be a section commander in the newlyformed CPI (Maoist) central regional committee (CRC). The CRC is the third such unit of AOB and includes Srikakulam and Koraput divisions.

Though Padma didn’t reveal “operational” details, the police are believed to have collected vital inputs about RK’s movements in the forest areas of Parvathipuram, Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna. It was towards Narayanpatna that Padma was headed when she was arrested. Police sources said the Orissa team that nabbed Padma and a few others on Sunday came to know of their background only after interrogating them. “Had the Orissa police known their identities, they would have tracked them for some more time to get to RK,” a source said.

However, a police official of Orissa, on condition of anonymity, said beyond the point where Padma was arrested, movement was impossible without raising an alarm. There have been regular inputs about RK’s movements along the AOB, especially Narayanpatna and Malkangiri areas.

But, unlike the well-trained AP police, who use intelligence network to tail Maoist leaders for several days and hunt them down, their counterparts in Orissa do not appear to have gained a similar experience despite the heightened Maoist activity in the State, especially Koraput division. In fact, the police described the situation there as more or less similar to Dantewada.

“The Maoists there are operating through an organisation modelled on the lines of the Rytu Coolie Sangham that existed in AP in the past. The level of militancy is quite high,” a source said. Meanwhile, Padma and her associates have been remanded in judicial custody.

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