Hardcore Maoist Sriramulu Srinivas, wanted in several cases in Odisha, has been arrested, about two years after he was released on bail during the abduction of the then Malkangiri district Collector R. Vineel Krishna.

“Sriramulu was arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police in Khammam district in the neighbouring state yesterday on the basis of certain information provided by us,” Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh said.

Sriramulu, against whom some cases related to Maoist activities are pending in Malkangiri, would be brought on remand by Odisha Police soon, he said.

A key leader of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoists), Srinivas and his wife Vimla, also a hardcore and most wanted Maoist, were followed by police following information about their presence in Kalimela area of Malkangiri a few days ago, the SP said.

However, the rebel couple managed to flee and entered Andhra Pradesh through Chhattisgarh in a jeep, Singh said, adding that Malkangiri Police which chased the ultras up to the border, informed the police in Andhra Pradesh.

Finally, the Maoists were intercepted and Srinivas was arrested at a place in Khammam district of AP after an encounter but Vimla managed to escape, he said adding steps would be taken soon for bringing the arrested ultra on remand as some cases are pending against him here.

Srinivas, whose release was demanded by abductors of Vineel Krishna in February 2011, had been freed on bail in the wake of the hostage crisis while other cases are pending against him, police said.