Chhattisgarh Police arrests 'Maoist operative' who worked as NGRI official; recover detonators, Naxal documents from him

Raipur: In a major breakthrough in unravelling the overground network of Naxals in urban areas, the Chhattisgarh Police on Sunday arrested a senior technical officer at the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), who they said is working as a Maoist operative and allegedly supplying various materials to ultras.

The operative, identified as N Venkat Rao alias Murty (54), was arrested by a team of local police in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh when he was heading towards Rajandgaon town from Deori in Maharashtra on a motorcycle, a senior officer said.

"Twenty-three detonators, Naxal documents, Maoist literature, a laptop, a mobile phone and two chargers were recovered from his possession," said Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) GP Singh.

Murty, a native of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, is working as a senior technical officer at NGRI, Hyderabad, he said.

NGRI works under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

 Chhattisgarh Police arrests Maoist operative who worked as NGRI official; recover detonators, Naxal documents from him

Maoists practicing a drill at an unidentified location. AFP.

As per preliminary information, Murty had been supplying various materials, including explosives, to senior Maoist cadres, particularly in the bordering areas of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, the inspector general said, adding that the Naxal leader who had surrendered a couple of months ago had revealed crucial details about "overground network" of Naxals.

"Notably, a senior Naxal leader and Division Committee Secretary of Gondia-Rajnandgaon-Balaghat division of Maoists Kumarsai alias Pahad Singh, who had surrendered before the police in Durg range a couple of months ago, had revealed crucial details about overground network of Maoists functioning in urban areas," the police officer said.

Based on inputs provided by Pahad, separate teams of police were sent to different states to collect information about the urban operatives of Maoists.

Meanwhile, police received a tip-off that a key Maoist operative, who had been actively supplying various materials to Maoists, was about to travel to Rajnandgaon from neighbouring Maharashtra, after which check posts were set up on the route, he said.

During checking on Sunday, Murty was stopped in the Baghnadi Police Station area and arrested after Maoist-related material was found in his possessions, Singh added.

"During interrogation, Murty revealed that he was inspired by the radical students' union protest in Andhra Pradesh in the 1980s and he had been supporting the Maoist ideology since then," he said.

The operative also revealed that delivery or transportation of explosives to Maoists was being done in different areas in the country based on his directions, the policeman said, calling the arrest as a big achievement.

Besides, he had been actively propagating Maoist propaganda through various means in the society. He was traveling to Rajandgaon to meet some senior cadres, with an intention to execute a major incident in the district, the inspector general added.

Updated Date: Dec 24, 2018 08:11:14 IST