Five suspected to having links with rebels held

CHENNAI: Maoists have been imparting training to activists of various banned political outfits and are reportedly planning to set up bases in urban areas of the state, Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch police have come to know during interrogation of 13 people who were arrested in Kundrathur on Saturday.

Acting on a tip-off, policemen arrested the thirteen people, including five suspected to having links with Maoists, from a middle school in Kundrathur when the group was planning a two-day training programme. The eight others belong to the Makkal Jananayaga Kudiarasu Katchi (MJKK), a banned political outfit, police said. Police sources said that they had earlier organised a series of meetings in the city. The suspected Maoist linkmen were offering training to the MJKK activists.

The accused were on Sunday remanded in 15 days’ police custody and sent to Vellore Central prison. The five suspected to having links with the Maoists were earlier arrested under POTA and had undergone ten years of rigorous imprisonment. Four of the five were identified as S Duraisinghvelu, 39, alias Seeralan alias Gowthaman of Velappanchavadi; V Sekhar, 34, alias Bhaskar of Menjur; K Palani, 39, alais Manickam of Malayampakkam; and Ragini, 42. The identity of one is yet to be established. The suspected Maoists were reportedly organised the meeting to spread their ideologies and providing training to activists of other outfits.

Duraisinghvelu is said to be the brother of Parthiban who was shot dead in an encounter in Uthangarai forest where an arms training was being imparted in 2002. He had reportedly left his house in Kilpauk when he was 12 years old and later married Ragini from Thirukazhukundram, police sources said.

Six of the eight MJKK activists were identified as Puviyarasan, Muralimohan, Gurunathan, Shiva Kumar, Prem Kumar and Suresh. Sources said though they did not have any specific plan in the city, police suspect that they had come to survey the area which the Naxalites usually do before setting up a base.

Areas like Krishnagiri, Theni and Dindigul are considered to be Naxalites infested. Police sources said in these areas they impart training to new recruits. As in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, police claim to have raised a special anti-naxal squad in the south and launched a strong campaign in the villages of Theni district. On May 19, the ‘Q’ branch police picked up Vivek alias Kumar 29, state secretary of the banned CPI (Maoist). His wife, Padma, however, managed to escape.

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