Thursday, November 12, 2020


Naxal commander wanted for 10 years held
Hidma Madavi was wanted in 13 cases; arrested in Sukma.

The Maharashtra police, in a joint operation with its Chhattisgarh counterpart, apprehended a 45-year-old former Naxal commander from insurgency-hit Sukma district in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.

Ramesh alias Hidma Madavi carries a Rs 12-lakh reward on his head. He is wanted in over a dozen criminal cases and had been evading arrest for a decade, police sources said.

Madavi had reportedly gone underground after his wife, who was also a Naxal, died by suicide in 2008.

Madavi was produced before a Gondia court on Thursday, which sent him to five days in police custody, Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni told Mirror.

Describing the stealth mission, Kulkarni said, “We had concrete information about his presence in a village in Sukma and shared it with Sukma police. They along with CRPF personnel verified the information. For two days, we conducted a joint cordon and search operation in the village and were successful in apprehending Madavi.

“Sukma is a Naxal headquarter and hence the police party kept a close watch on Madavi’s movements before apprehending him. Some of the surrendered Naxals who had earlier worked with Madavi in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra confirmed his identity,” said another police officer.

Madavi was active with Deori Dalam between 1998 to 2010 and was wanted in more than 13 cases, including an attack on the police party in Gondia, police sources said

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