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Couple involved in Maoist activities arrested in Jharkhand

Posted by Admin on October 16, 2009

Ravi Sharma

Ravi Sharma

Ranchi: Jharkhand Police have arrested top Naxal leader Ravi Sharma and his wife B Anuradha from the jungles near Hazaribagh.Police claim they have evidence of Sharma, who is allegedly a Politburo member of the banned Naxal organisation Communist Party of Indian-Maoist, being involved in many acts of violence in Bihar and Jharkhand recently.

They have also recovered a CD in which Sharma is seen undergoing arms training with other extremists holding an AK-47 rifle. Police also claim to have recovered a pistol, four cartridges, Rs 60,000 in cash, PAN cards, a laptop and bank passbooks.

Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kamboj revealed that the couple, who are based in Andhra Pradesh, were responsible for the spurt of Naxal violence in Bihar and Jharkhand and were arrested on October 10.This was a good catch. He is an intellectual and was the mastermind in many of the cases. We have booked him under Unlawful Acts. We have aquired some weapons and Maoist documents,” the SP told CNN-IBN.

“Ravi Sharma alias Arjun alias Mahesh alias Ashok and his wife B Anuradha alias Rajitha hail from Andhra and run the Maoist outfit in Bihar and Jharkhand since 1999,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. “The duo, arrested under Ichak police station in the district, has been responsible for the sudden increase in Naxal violence in these two states,” said Kamboj.Police say 50-year-old Sharma is the head of CPI(M) military group and a member of the outfit’s Special Area Committee.

His wife Anuradha, left her job with a nationalised bank in Hyderabad in 1988, to join the outfit. She was sent to Bihar in 2007 where Shrma was looking after recruitment as well as training and his wife was heading the women’s wing of the outfit.

Sharma is a postgraduate in agriculture and and earlier worked as a scientist with the Pusa Agriculture University in Bihar.

He is the fourth bigh Naxal leader to be arrested in less than an year. On September 21 Kobad Ghandy, one of the founder members of CPI (M) was arrested by the Delhi Police.

The convener of Naxal-backed People’s Committee in Lalgarh, Chhatradhar Mahato, was arrested on September 26 in West Bengal. On October 2, Jharkhand CID arrested Naxal commander Chandra Bhushan Yadav from Hooghly station road near Sahagunj.

(With inputs from PTI)

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