Arrested Maoist leader was reviving ops in tribal zone

Maoist leader remanded to 10 days' police custody
Maoist leader Danish Krishna was arrested from Tamil Nadu early Friday.

Palakkad: Maoist leader Danish Krishna, who was arrested on Friday, was into reviving the ultraleft organisation’s Bhavani unit in tribal-populated area of Palakkad district, the police said.

The 28-year-old extremist was arrested from Tamil Nadu early Friday, according to investigation sources.

Attached to the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), the armed wing of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), the youth from Ramanathapuram area of Coimbatore district used to frequent Attappady over the past two years to strengthen Maoist activities. The operations of the left-wing group here, known as the Bhavani Dalam, had slackened in between. Three tribal communities reside in the 192 hamlets here.

The Palakkad district court has remanded Danish to 10 days' police custody, charging him under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He has been accused of instigating residents of Paloor, near Agali, for an armed revolution and coercing the tribal people to indulge in anti-government activities.

Kalidas, aka Sekhar Raja, the prime accused in the case, is in remand. The investigation into the case, with five other accused, is being headed by Kerala DGP Loknath Behera and Senior Superintendent of Police Navaneet Sharma.

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