AP Police arrest woman involved in Maoist attack

AP Police arrest woman involved in Maoist attack

Madhavi, others danced around Karma's body

The Andhra Pradesh Police have succeeded in arresting Kurasam Mothi Bai alias Madhavi, 40, the CPI-Maoist south Bastar division committee secretary and wife of North Telangana Special Zonal Committee secretary Chandranna.

They were held after a 20-km chase on the Bhadrachalam-Kothagudem main road near Palvancha town in Andhra Pradesh on Monday.

The Khammam district police also detained two others—A Pridhvi, 22, a dropout of Hyderabad Central University, and his father A Dharmaraju, 50, a railway employee at Chirala in Prakasam district—along with Madhavi.

The Maruti car with an AP number plate carrying the trio overturned while negotiating a jeep kept as a road block near Peddamma Thalli temple, a few kilometres from Palvancha. Madhavi, who was part of the women’s team of Maoists in the Darbha Ghat ambush that killed Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma and Chhattisgarh PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, was heading towards Vijayawada to undergo treatment for suspected malaria.

She was among the 20-odd women cadre who not only shot Mahendra Karma several times but also reportedly danced near his body, say the police. She is being treated at a hospital in Palvancha town for injuries in the road accident.

Khammam Superintendent of Police A V Ranganath said Madhavi of Adilabad district currently heads the Maoists south Bastar division committee in Chhattisgarh.

He said the car in which the trio was travelling had escaped the police check-posts set up in Bhadrachalam in the afternoon, and sped past the barricades.

However, it met with an accident while trying to pass a police barricade near Palvancha.

Pridhvi was associated with a students’ organisation that was an underground front of the banned outfit Telangana Vidhyarthi Vedika and an active participant of the pro-Maoist civil rights protest meetings on the campus.

Sriramula Srinivas alias Sudarshan, another Maoist top gun, was also nabbed in the same fashion on the Bhadrachalam-Kothagudem border town on May 24.