Chennai, July 10: The Tamil Nadu police today arrested three Naxalites, including a key leader V Sundaramoorthy, absconding for the last 15 years, in Tirupur.
The Naxalites were arrested following a tip-off given by one of the three persons arrested at Periyakulam in Theni district while trying to set up arms training camp last month, Additional Director General of Police Nanjil Kumaran told reporters here.
Though three Maoists were arrested, several others escaped from the scene.
Sundaramoorthy (39), state secretary of CPI Maoists, was wanted by police in connection with several cases, including the rail track blast case at Dharmapuri in 1992 and attempt to start an arms training camp for extremists in Dharmapuri district.
The other arrested persons were identified as M Karthi of Salem district and M Easwaran of Theni district, he said.
Karthi, a close associate of Sundaramoorthy had aided him in his extremist activities like selecting hideouts for him and hiding arms and explosives. He was one of the brains behind organising an arms training camp in Periyakulam in Theni district, Nanjil Kumaran said, adding a 315 rifle had been seized in Pallipattu area of Tiruvallur district.
Easwaran was an employee in a private hosiery unit in Tirupur and was harbouring Sundaramoorthy and Karthi in Tirupur knowing that they were involved in extremist activities, he said.
The 'Q' branch police was pursuing the Naxal leaders intensely after three persons who were attempting to start a Maoist arms training camp was handed over to the police by the villagers of Periyakulam on June 25. (Our Correspondent)