Saturday, June 05, 2010

Top Maoist Nabbed

KOZHIKODE: Maoist movement in South India suffered a severe jolt with the arrest of Pramod alias Nandakumar alias Ranganna, the state committee secretary of the CPI (Maoist) in Karnataka.

Nandakumar, who hails from Kannur district, joined the Peoples War Group in Karnataka a decade ago. He was arrested from Hyderabad on June 1 where he had apparently gone to meet senior Maoist leaders.

He was later handed over to the Karnataka police.

Saketh Rajan alias Prem, the charismatic state secretatary of the Karnataka unit of the CPI (Maoist) was killed by the police in an encounter in 2005. Sende Rajamouli alias Naveen, the politburo member of the party, was holding the charge of the state secretary when he was arrested by the Andhra police in Kollam in June 2007. He was later killed.

Nandakumar was elected the state secretary of the party after the killing of Rajamouli at a meeting in August 2007.

Kerala police are in the dark about the operations of Nandakumar in Karnataka and Kerala.

He has been described as a Maoist leader hailing from Chithradurga in the lookout notice brought out by the Karnataka police. He has been signing the statements issued by the Karnataka unit of the CPI (Maoist) as Gangadhara.

The Karnataka unit of the CPI (Maoist) has been passing through a bad patch after the split in the party in 2008.

Maoist activities in Karnataka regained momentum after the central committee decided to form a new guerrilla zone that include areas in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

It is believed that Nandakumar went to Hyderabad to discuss strategies related to the guerrilla zone with the top leadership.

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