Kothagudem: The police arrested two activists of outlawed CPI (Maoist) party at Tekulagudem in Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Friday.
According to Perur Sub-Inspector R Swamy, a team of local police and CRPF personnel spotted two persons moving suspiciously in the forests of Tekulagudem. They were taken into custody. Upon questioning, they revealed their identity as Yalam Bikshamaiah and Valva Kistaiah of Lodedu village of Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh.
They were said to be working as members of Revolutionary People’s Committee (RPC) of Maddedu Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist) party. They were bound over before tahsildar of Wazedu in Jayashankar Bhupalpalli district, the SI said.
Maoist courier held with pistol
The Kothaguda police arrested a CPI Maoist courier Bathula Prakash alias Pradeep (43) and seized a .32 pistol and six rounds from his possession on Friday.
Presenting him before the media here, SP Nandyala Koti Reddy said Prakash hailed from Marrigudem village of Jannaram mandal in Mancherial district. “While studying Intermediate at Luxettipet, he joined the PDSU and went underground in 1996 by joining the Praja Prathi Ghatana (PPG) and rose to the level of district secretary for Khammam and Warangal unit,” the SP said, adding that he used to supply weapons to Naxals. He was also arrested by the Yellandu police along with weapons in 2001 and sent to prison. He came out of the prison after two years and worked for the Adivasi Liberation Tigers (ALT) and was arrested again by the Nallabelli police in 2005. He was involved in the murder of one Yakaiah of Danthalaplly. On trhe other hand, he smuggled a pistol to Maoist courier Esam Nageswar Rao, who was arrested by the police recently.
“The police had caught Bathula Prakash while he was going to meet Maoist leader Haribhushan at Gunjedu Musalamma temple at Kothaguda,” the SP said.