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Six arrested, arms meant for Maoists seized

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MAHABUBNAGAR, JAN. 4. The Mahabubnagar police seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition reportedly meant for the CPI (Maoist).

A car carrying the material was intercepted by a police party led by the Atchampet Circle Inspector on Sunday near Veltur village under Uppununthala police station limits.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the Superintendent of Police, Vikram Singh Mann, said the seizure was made following a tip-off. Six persons travelling in the car, including the driver, were arrested and produced before the Nagarkurnool Magistrate late last night.

Government employees

Of the six arrested four are Government employees. P. Balaiah , a member of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC), works for Transco on contact basis.

Mohd. Safiulla is a junior personnel officer (protocol), Genco, Hyderabad; Rayachoti Venkataiah (27), an electricity substation operator at Veltur; Seelam Satyanarayana Yadav (39), a lineman in Transco, and Vemi Reddy Rajasekhara Reddy (37), a physical education teacher at the Amrabad Zilla Parshad High School.

Mattipakala Niranjan is Rajasekhara Reddy's car driver.

Confession

Mr. Vikram Singh Mann said the accused confessed to the police that the District Committee Secretary, Sambashivudu, paid them Rs. 3 lakhs to buy arms and ammunition.

They had close links with the naxal outfit and had been supplying them arms and ammunition for the last four years, Mr. Vikram Singh said.

The most interesting items that were seized besides hundreds of rounds of ammunition, air rifles and pistols were a Taiwan-made GPS (global positioning system) set and several foreign magazines dealing exclusively with firearms.

The Superintendent of Police said the seizure clearly showed that the Maoists were indulging in large-scale extortion and using the money thus collected to procure weapons.

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