Top Maoist leader arrested in Bhadrachalam

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Staff Reporter

Narayan Sanyal was brain behind the Alipiri attack on Chandrababu Naidu

KHAMMAM: Top Maoist revolutionary Narayan Sanyal alias Navin Prasad alias Vijay Dada was arrested by the Khammam police in Bhadrachalam town at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday. The 68-year-old naxalite leader was one of the members of the CPI (Maoist) Polit Bureau and its central committee and chief of its central-eastern regional bureau monitoring the political affairs in Orissa and Chhatisgarh.

Mr. Sanyal was waiting for a courier of the party in the bus station of the pilgrim town when the police picked him up in a bloodless operation by acting on a tip-off. An inter-State alert was sounded by the police after ascertaining the identify of the Maoist leader. A nine mm pistol, six live rounds, two Motorola walky talky sets, some literature of the party and Rs. 13,290 in cash were recovered from him.

Confirming the arrest, Khammam Superintendent of Police Rajeev Kumar Meena said the Maoist leader was scheduled to meet Ramakrisna, another top leader of the party in charge of Andhra Pradesh, somewhere in the State. He was produced in the First Class Magistrate Court at Kothagudem and remanded in judicial custody for 15 days. He was shifted to Warangal immediately.

He was the schemer of the PW attack on former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Alipiri in Tirupati in October 2003 and the Jehananabad jail break that resulted in liberation of 340 prisoners, including several Maoist activists, in November 2005..

He was involved in as many as 21 serious cases of Maoist-sponsored violence in different eastern States, including the attack on the Police Superintendent's convoy in Bastar in January 2005.

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