Top Maoist functionary from Andhra Pradesh, Sadanala Ramakrishna, was arrested along with four other rebels from Kolkata in a successful joint operation by the Andhra Pradesh police and the special task force (STF) of the Kolkata police.
Ramakrishna, a mechanical engineer by profession, was the central technical committee head of the banned outfit. After Maoist commander Kishenji’s death in an encounter in 2011, Ramakrishna was given charge of West Bengal and Odisha to supervise the procurement of arms and ammunitions, STF sources revealed.
With his arrest, the CPI Maoists technical wing, TRAM, has been neutralised. A mechanical engineer from Regional Engineering College, Warangal, Ramakrishna was the technical brain behind the Maoists after Tech Madhu was arrested a few years back.
Originally hailing from Karimnagar, Ramakrishna had six aliases: Santosh, S.V. Kasturi, Ramakrishna, Vinod, Bhanu and Dokra. He had a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
Recently, the STF received a tip-off from the Andhra Pradesh police about Ramakrishna’s movements in Kolkata. The STF learnt that he had come to meet one Dipak Kumar, a Maoist leader from Durg in Chhattisgarh.
In the meantime, a Greyhounds team of the AP police arrived in Kolkata.
On Wednesday afternoon, a joint police team arrested him near Mohammed Ali Park in central Kolkata. Dipak was arrested soon after from College Street, sources disclosed.
During their interrogation, a workshop at Belghoria in North 24 Parganas was mentioned and three more rebels — Sukumar Mondal of Khardah in North 24 Parganas, Shambhu Charan Pal of Singur in Hooghly and Bapi Mudi from Burdwan — were arrested from there in the evening.
Twenty sockets of rocket launchers, 25 cartridges, 2.5 kg of explosives, a photocopy of a rocket launcher, a diary, Maoist literature and Rs 5 lakh were recovered from them.
Remanded till March 13
After arresting three rebels from a workshop at Belghoria in North 24 Parganas, Kolkata police (STF) joint commissioner Rajeev Mishra said, “The accused were involved in the acquisition, manufacture and supply of equipment required for fire arms, rocket launchers and grenades which were supplied to Maoist grou-ps in other parts of country.”
The arrested have been booked under Sections 120B, 121, 121A, 122 of the IPC besides the Arms Act and Explosive Substance Act. The five were produced at the Bankshal court in Kolkata on Thursday which remanded them in police custody till March 13.
A senior police official in Hyderabad said, “TRAM (the CPI Maoists technical wing) is involved in making and repairing arms for the Maoists. They buy raw material and spare parts from North Eastern States. These are used to make parts of fire arms, rocket launchers and other weapons. The parts are then shifted to the Maoist bastion of Danda-karanya. They are assembled there and are used in military operations.”
Top AP maoist Sadan-ala Ramakrishna had been underground for the past 30 years. He joined the movement in 1979, a few years ahead of Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK. (Initially reports falsely claimed that it was RK who had been caught).
ATS arrests four from suspected Naxal safe house
Posted On Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 02:15:17 AM
The Anti-Terrorism Squad on Friday arrested four suspected Naxals from their hideout in Dombivali, including a top central committee member, and recovered Rs 23.07 lakh in cash from them.
The central committee member of CPI M, is Aseem Kumar Bhattacharya.
ATS sources alleged they were active members of Korchi Dalam, and were in charge of arranging weapons and ammunition for Naxals from eastern Maharashtra, while they hid in what is suspected to be the city’s Naxal safe house.
The arrested include Dinesh Kailash Wankhede (29) alias Raju Kadam, Suman Harondi Gawde (25) and Paru Raju Patel. Of them, Wankhede’s name figures in a case registered at Purada police station in Gadchiroli for firing at a police post. Patel hails from Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh and was affiliated to Khanapur dalam before joining the Korchi dalam in Gadchiroli recently, the police has claimed.
“We will hand them over to Gadchiroli police for further probe. The action was taken in coordination with the Andhra Pradesh police,” ATS chief, ADGP Rakesh Maria told Mumbai Mirror.
Besides cash, ATS has allegedly also seized three pendrives, one laptop and printed material on the manufacture of arms and explosives.