Manugur (Kothagudem): The police have arrested two Maoist sympathizers under the limits of Manugur police sub-division in the district on Saturday.
Manugur Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) P Shabarish speaking to the press here informed that a team of police officials and personnel while inspecting vehicles at Bugga cross roads spotted a person moving suspiciously. He was taken into custody and questioned.
During questioning he revealed his identity as Paddam Somaiah resident of Budugula village in Manugur mandal. He was a native of Gonge village of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh state. He confessed to the police he was a sympathiser of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Party.
He was serving as local Maoist party member and used to provide the Maoists shelter and essential commodities. The police have recovered naxals wall posters from the possession of Somaiah.
Similarly, another naxal sympathiser identified as Chimala Ravi alias Bhima of Pittatogu in Pinapaka mandal was arrested under the limits of Edulla Bayyaram police station in the district.
The ASP Shabarish further informed that the police have identified all the naxal sympathisers and the Maoist party members in Manugur sub-division. Stringent action would be taken against such persons, he warned.
Following the recent exchange of fire at Mallepallitogu in Manugur forests the Maoists were threatening the innocent Gothikoya tribals and snatching away rice and money from them as they were not able to extort money now from contractors.
The Maoists were even taking away utensils used to feed the pet dogs of the tribals, he noted adding that steps were being taken to prevent Maoists activities in the agency villages. Inspectors of Police of Edulla Bayyaram and Manugur Domala Ramesh and MA Shukur were present.
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