Female Naxal leader wanted in C’garh arrested in Maha

“Dreaded” woman Naxal leader Vasanti alias Savita Pondu Potem (25), who headed national park dalam active in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, was arrested by security forces in neighbouring Maharashtra recently and currently reportedly undergoing treatment in police custody in the state, the police sources said on Tuesday.

Savita, who faced 62 criminal cases in Chhattisgarh and against whom 22 non-bailable warrants were issued by various police stations in the past one decade, had joined the Naxal cadre at the age of nine as a member of jan militia (armed unit of rebels) and later worked under many senior Naxal leaders in Bastar before being elevated to the rank of commander of national park dalam operating in rebel strongholds of Bhopalpatnam and Gangalur in Bijapur district in 2009. Her husband Nabbu, who was a platoon commander, was killed in an encounter with security forces in 2008. She was armed with a AK 47.


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