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Top Maoist, wife arrested in Maharashtra

Nagpur: The Maharashtra Police on Friday claimed to have arrested senior Maoist leader Ramanna, who headed the technical department of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Chhattisgarh.

“The police on Friday arrested Rammana alias Shrinivas Vitthalanna Madru along with his wife Padma from Ballarshah town of Chandrapur district. The police had intelligence inputs that Ramanna was seen there along with his wife. The Chandrapur district police laid a trap, arrested the couple and handed them over to Gadchiroli police,” a statement issued by the Gadchiroli police said. Ramanna, 65, was working in the Maoist movement since 1976-77. He was given the responsibility of the rebels’ technical wing in 1995. He worked for the Maoists in Kondagoan, Maad, Tipagarh, Aheri and Bastar area after 1996.

“He was involved in the manufacture of weapons for the Maoists. He also worked as a trainer to the young Maoist cadres in weapon training. He carried a reward of ₹25 lakh,” the police statement added.

A police record, accessed by The Hindu, shows that Ramanna was the member of the CPI (Maoist) Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee and was also known by the names of Ravi and Suresh.

Ramanna’s wife Padma Kodape alias Sammakka alias Lata was working for the CPI (Maoist) since 1992 and carried a reward of ₹6 lakh and was believed to be involved in violent incidents in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra.

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