ANDHRA PRADESH

Extortionist nabbed

HYDERABAD, Oct. 5. The Commissioner's Task Force (West) sleuths today apprehended the Revolutionary Patriotic Tigers (RPT) founder and chief organiser, Patlolla Goverdhan Reddy and his associate, B. Ramakrishna, at Anandnagar colony in Khairatabad.

The police seized a tapancha, four gelatin sticks, 13 detonators, three 12 bore live cartridges and some seditious literature from them, a press release said.

Between 1990 and 2001, Goverdhan Reddy and his associated were involved in 50 crimes, including murders, dacoities and blasting of toddy compounds. In the name of revolution and fighting the State oppression, they allegedly extorted money from several persons. Goverdhan was arrested four times during the last 12 years and released from jail in July, 2001.

This year, he allegedly blasted two toddy compounds and burnt three lorries at Mothukupally and Gollaguda areas of Ranga Reddy district.

Six non-bailable warrants were pending against him in the police stations of Nallakunta, Begumpet and Chaderghat in the city and two warrants in Kulcharam and Chincholi police stations in Karnataka. He rented a house in Anandnagar under a fictitious name. The two arrested were handed over to the Panjagutta police for further investigations.

The raid was conducted by Inspector, M.S. Venu Gopal Rao and Sub-Inspectors, V. Syam Babu, M. Adi Murthy, N.L.N. Raju and M. Sudhakar.

Chain snatched

Four auto-rickshaw-borne offenders snatched a three-tola gold chain from an employee of AP Civil Supplies Corporation, Usha Rani (45), under Panjagutta police station limits on Saturday night.

A resident of Ellareddyguda in Srinagar colony, the victim was returning home along with her daughter, Aparna (19), after consulting a doctor near by her house when the snatchers attacked.

The offenders drove the vehicle close to the two women while they were walking on the road. One of them jumped out of the vehicle, snatched the chain and the four fled in the auto- rickshaw.

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