An official of the state home department said that there were around 335 underground Maoist activists from the state operating here or outside the state. He said the rewards announced by the state for the capture of Maoist insurgents are in addition to what the Centre has announced.
The Centre recently revised the rates for surrender of weapons, offering Rs 5 lakh to anyone laying down a light machine gun (LMG), and Rs 3 lakh to those depositing an AK-47 assault rifle.
This is a substantial increase from the earlier offer of Rs 15,000 for each deposited AK-47 or 56 rifle, Rs 25,000 for each rocket-propelled grenade and Rs 3,000 for a pistol or revolver.
State police hunts for Sadanala’s aide
The state police has launched a manhunt for the number two Maoist in the technical wing involved in arms manufacturing. The Maoist D. Satya Gangadhar Rao is a key aide of Sadanala Ramakrishna who was arrested two days ago in Kolkata.
“Gangadhar is a polytechnic diploma holder with expertise in the manufacture of arms,” a senior police official said.