A pseudo naxalite and his aide were arrested on Saturday on the charge of trying to extort Rs. 50 lakhs from a realtor from Vomanavaripalem near Taluru in Prakasam district. Thirtyfive-year-old Vandanam in deep financial trouble, claimed himself to be an Annalu (naxalite) and threatened the realtor, Veeraiah Chowdary twice over mobile phone in the last two months to eliminate him if he refused to part with the amount, Ongole Taluka Inspector I. Srinivasan told reporters here.
Subsequently he along with his friend Sreenu left a bullet used in AK 45 assault rifle with a letter in the guest house of Veeraiah, also a stockist of fertilizers here, to carry out the threat immediately.
Veeraiah in panic rushed to the police and narrated the sequence of events. Following this, a police party kept a track of all phone calls from Vandanam through the service provider concerned and zeroed in on the duo, the police officer said.
He said the accused had got by chance a bullet probably used in the firing range near Chimakurthi. Vandanam had a running feud with the brother of Veeraiah from whom he had taken a land on lease for Tobacco cultivation and had incurred huge losses. The accused were being sent for judicial remand, he added.