Top rebel's brother, aide held - Maoist was sending Rs 25 lakh & gold home to mom in Telangana

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By Our Correspondent
  • Published 1.09.17

SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi with the arrested brother and business aide of rebel Sudhakar in Ranchi on Thursday. (Prashant Mitra)

Ranchi, Aug. 31: A brother and a close business aide of nationally infamous CPI(Maoist) leader Sudhakar were nabbed in a hush-hush operation near Ranchi station last evening around 7 with Rs 25.15 lakh in cash and over a half kilo of gold biscuits worth about Rs 12 lakh.

Sudhakar's brother B. Narayan and business partner Satyanarayan Reddy were at the station to catch a train to Telangana to give the cash and valuables to Sudhakar's mother and other family members.

The cash and valuables seem part of levy that Sudhakar has amassed during his stay in Jharkhand, police said.

Sudhakar, 50, a member of the top-level central committee of CPI(Maoist) has been active in Jharkhand since about 18 months to regroup the CPI(Maoist) that has lost steam due to a spate of encounters and surrenders under the state's Nai Disha policy.

Though intelligence sources suggest Sudhakar is inside Jharkhand now, his exact location is not clear.

But, yesterday's arrests could prove pivotal in tracing Sudhakar and knowing more about his operations.

This evening, Narayan and Satyanarayan were produced before court which forwarded them to judicial custody at Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi. Police will seek their remand for interrogation.

Before this, Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi held a news conference at his office where he produced Narayan and Satyanarayan, their faces covered, before the media.

"Their arrests were made under Chutia thana last evening on the basis of intelligence inputs," the Ranchi SSP said.

"They are the active associates of Sudhakar and also associated with CPI(Maoist). Intelligence inputs suggested these two were returning from an unknown forest area of Gumla with huge cash and gold which Sudhakar gave them to take home to Telangana where his family, including mother, stays," the SSP added.

Satyanarayan told police he was a kendu leaves trader and knew Sudhakar from 1990. Sudhakar helped Satyanarayan control kendu leaf trade in Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.

On the cash and gold, the SSP said it was part of the levy collected by Sudhakar while working in Jharkhand. "In the past too, Sudhakar sent huge levy amounts to his family. Sudhakar has a history of getting rich through levy wherever he works," he said.

Apparently, Sudhakar's wife Medhavi alias Nilima also collects levy.

Police also recovered two gold watches, Naxalite literature, ATM and PAN cards and a calculator from the duo.