Cops nab Maoists and seize arms during combing operations

Hyderabad, Aug 3 (PTI) Police arrested five CPI (Maoist) dalam members and seized weapons during a combing operation in a forest in Andhra Pradesh’s Khammam district. Police seized two guns, ammunition and sharp weapons from them. A special police party noticed the ultras’ movements when they were on a routine combing operation in Chelamalla forest area of the Charla mandal of Bhadrachalam division. After interrogation, it was revealed that the five worked in the Venkatapuram area committee and were members of the Sukhadev and Sunil dalams (Maoist squads). The five were identifed as M Nanda, M Bhimaiah, M Pojjaiah, M Lakshmi and S Jogaiah. They were involved in as many as 15 offences over the past few years, besides planning to ambush police teams, a senior police officer told PTI over phone from Bhadrachalam. The Maoist dalam members had planned to hold meetings after mobilising people and indulge in violence in Chelamalla forest area on the direction of their leader Sukhadev and Sunita during the Maoists’ ‘Martyrs’ Week’, he said. PTI VVK CVP

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