Couple Running Maoist Outfit Held

A couple from Andhra Pradesh, allegedly behind the outbreak of naxal violence in Bihar and Jharkhand, has been arrested.

Hazaribagh superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj said that Ravi Sharma, an agriculture scientist-cum-Maoist central committee member, and his wife B Anuradha were arrested on October 10.

Kamboj claimed that the two were running the rebel outfit in Bihar and Jharkhand.

“Ravi Sharma alias Arjun alias Mahesh alias Ashok and his wife B Anuradha alias Rajitha hail from Andhra and have been running the Maoist outfit in Bihar and Jharkhand since 1999,” he said on Wednesday.

He informed that two of them are responsible for an abrupt rise in Naxal violence in the two states and with their arrest, the Maoist movement is jolted. Police found the whole strategy of the movement recorded in a laptop seized from them, he added.

He said that important information would be available in the diaries and letters recovered from them.

Police also found one 9 MM foreign-make revolver, cartridges and documents relating to the Maoist operation and its strategies in Bihar and Jharkhand, Kamboj said.

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