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BERHAMPUR: Padma, wife of the CPI (Maoist) Central Committee member Ramakrishna, alias RK, was arrested along with two other woman cadres in Semiliguda block of Koraput district in south Orissa.
It was a prize catch for the security forces as Padma (40) alias Sirisa alias Nirmala carried a reward of Rs. 2 lakh on her head. Ramakrishna heads the Andhra-Orissa border committee of the CPI (Maoist) party. Koraput Superintendent of Police Anup Sahu said Ramakrishna was suspected to be hiding in the jungles of Narayanpatna area of the district along with his son, who has also joined the ranks of Maoists.
On way to meet RK
Padma was on her way to Narayanpatna to meet her husband when she was arrested. The other two women naxalites arrested along with her were Esori Anduluru (18) from Visakhapatnam district and Runi Maningi alias Sarita from Bandhugaon area in Koraput district. Padma and Esori had reached Koraput district from Visakhapatnam. The Maoists were arrested from Dudhari in Semiliguda block on Saturday evening while they were on their way to Narayanpatna in a jeep. The jeep driver, Gokul Kuldeep, was also arrested.
Maps of different townships, including that of Nayagarh and Jehanabad, which were attacked by naxalites, Maoist literature, and a large number of letters in Telugu were seized from the trio.
Interrogation revealed that Esori has been working as a militia member of the Maoists for the past few years. Recently, she had been selected for promotion. Padma was taking her to Narayanpatna to be trained under her husband. Runi, in her twenties, had links with Maoists as she was involved in their activities in the Bandhugaon area.
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