Police arrest two others after chasing their car for 20 km

Kurasam Mothi Bai alias Madhavi, 40, CPI (Maoist) south Bastar division committee secretary and wife of North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) secretary Chandranna, and two others were nabbed by the police after a 20-km-long hot chase on the Bhadrachalam-Kothagudem main road near Palvancha town on Monday.

According to police sources, the remaining two persons have been identified as A. Prudvi, 22, a student of integrated MA course of Hyderabad Central University and his father A. Dharmaraju, 50, a railway employee of Chirala in Prakasam district.

Sources said that the car carrying the trio overturned after hitting a roadside pole while negotiating an empty jeep kept as a road barrier by the local police at Peddamma Thalli temple, a few km from Palvancha.

It is suspected that Madhavi was heading towards Vijayawada to undergo treatment for an ailment.

Acting on specific intelligence inputs, the Bhadrachalam sub-divisional police had reportedly organised a road checking drive near Bhadrachalam in the afternoon.

The car managed to escape the police dragnet and sped past the barricades.

However, it subsequently met with an accident while trying to surpass a police barricade near Palvancha.

The occupants of the vehicle reportedly escaped unhurt.

The trio were immediately shifted to Kothagudem by the Palvancha police for questioning.

Madhavi, a native of Adilabad district, is presently heading the Maoists south Bastar division committee in Chhattisgarh, said Superintendent of Police A.V. Ranganath.

It is suspected that Prudvi was associated with a student organisation, a “secret” frontal organisation of the banned outfit, he said, adding that further investigations were under way to ascertain the antecedents of the duo.