Staff Reporter

Sanyal was 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 Chhattisgarh.

Mr. Sanyal was waiting for a courier of the party at 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 Kothagudem court in the evening. 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..

Many cases

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. He was also involved in the attack on the police headqarters in Korraput in Orissa in February 2004.

Sanyal was an ideologue of the party and one of the leaders closely associated with the Naxalbari movement, had worked under Charu Majumdar and was instrumental in spreading the party in different states. He joined the party while working as a bank employee in Siliguri in West Bengal in 1966. He was in jail for five years after his arrest at Ranchi in 1972. He joined the underground cadres of the party after coming out on bail in 1977.

The Superintendent of Police said that the Maoist veteran was carrying a reward of more than Rs. 12 lakhs on his head.