The Jogulamba-Gadwal police on Tuesday arrested Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV) State president Bandari Maddileti here.
His arrest came a week after a team of around 50 members, including the Telangana Intelligence’s anti-Naxal Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Gadwal district police and Hyderabad’s Nallakunta police conducted searches on his residence in Nallakunta. Since then, he had been absconding.
The police also arrested Telangana Praja Front (TPF) State vice president Nalamasa Krishna. The duo were taken into custody from the TPF office in Bagh Lingampally, where they reportedly went to attend a round-table meeting.
Confirming their arrest, Gadwal SP Apoorva Rao told The Hindu that Maddileti and Krishna were accused of having links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and were booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Section 120-B (Conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
“They are actively working for the banned Maoist party by recruiting new cadre and collecting funds. The accused were also supporting other bandh calls and various activities conducted by the party in urban areas,” Ms. Rao said.
She said several incriminating material, such as revolutionary literature, party circulars and electronic gadgets were seized from their possession.
Earlier this month, the police arrested Kanti Jagan, assistant professor on contract with Osmania University PG College in Secunderabad, and TVV State members Puliga Nagaraju and Vynamoni Balram, accusing them of having links with the Maoist party.
In a Remand Case Diary submitted to the Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate, Gadwal after arresting Mr. Jagan, the investigators stated that the accused recruited two youngsters and sent them to Chhattisgarh to work for the CPI (Maoist).
“On directions from the top cadre of Maoist party, they were supplying journals and literature to youngsters for attracting them to the banned party,” Gadwal district police informed the court.
The remand diary also stated that Mr. Jagan was regularly conveying the day-to-day developments to the top cadre through letters. He was also receiving circulars and directions from the Maoist party, which were further passed on to various frontal organisations of the party.