Woman Maoist leader held

GUNTUR: Maoist leader Tupakula Ramanjaneyamma alias Santhi, who carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head, was arrested here in the late hours of Sunday. Santhi was shifted to Vinukonda where she is being interrogated by the police in connection with several cases.

Santhi, who was shifted to Andhra-Orissa Border (AOB) by the Maoist leadership, had been ailing for some time. Police claimed that she and her son Yohan were picked up near Kondramutla junction in Epur mandal during vehicle checking in the late hours. The Maoist leader was walking on the main road of Vidyanagar along with Yohan when the cops traced her.

Sources said Santhi was planning to meet her husband Benjamin alias Sankaranna, also a Maoist, in the jail when police took her into custody. District SP Ravichandra confirmed the arrest of Santhi and her ‘associate’ Yohan on Monday.

Meanwhile, Maoists blew up a gram panchayat office close to the state border at Visakhapatnam, at Mudalipada in Orissa’s Koraput district, early on Monday. The rebels unleashed the attack demanding that the government immediately put a stop to combing operations in the area by Border Security Force personnel.

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