Kothagudem: Police arrested a Maoist courier and seized explosive material from his possession in Chintaguppa-Bodanelli forests in the district on Wednesday.
Bhadrachalam ASP Vineeth G informed the media on Thursday that the arrested courier was identified as Podium Jayaram alias Guruji of Kodivai village in Cherla mandal in Kothagudem district.
The arrested man had served as a Maoist militia member and area committee member since 2006 and was currently serving as courier for Maoist Telangana State Committee secretary Haribhushan and BK-EG division secretary Azad.
Jayaram was accused in 50 criminal cases in Telangana and was involved in many cases in Chhattisgarh. Many of the crimes he committed attract the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The ASP informed that the Maoists had planned to trigger blasts targetting police parties engaged in combing operations, marking the just concluded PLGA Week. The police seized 10 gelatin sticks, two detonators, two batteries and electric wire along with a tiffin box.
Vineeth stated that the youth in the agency villages were aspiring for development and were not ready to work with the Maoists. He called upon the underground Maoists to quit the arms and join the mainstream life. The government would extend support to them to live a normal life.