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Elusive Maoist couple, trained in automatic weapons, held

Press Trust of India  |  Tiruvallur (TN) 

An elusive Maoist couple, trained in in handling automatic weapons and jungle warfare, was arrested and a laptop, a and ultra- left, anti-government propaganda materials were seized from their possession, the police said today.

Maoist leader D Dasarathan, on the run since 2003, and his wife alias Kanimozhi, on the run for about a decade, were arrested yesterday, the police said.

Dasarathan's brother was also arrested for giving shelter to the couple and aiding their efforts to recruit cadres for the Maoist movement.

Based on specific intelligence inputs, a police party trailed Subsequently, it came to be known that the Maoist couple was on their way to Chennai through Tiruvallur.

Vehicle checkings were intensified and the couple was arrested by a joint team of and 'Q' Branch (which deals with national security issues) sleuths.

The couple was arrested at the Pullarambakkam Koot Road, about 20 kms from the border, when they tried to escape after alighting from an autorickshaw and Veerapandian was held from his residence off Poondi, near here, the police said.

Shenbagavalli, whose father was a former Maoist, belongs to Singarapettai village, near Uthangarai, in district and hails from Othambai village under station limits in Tiruvallur.

"The Maoist couple was trained in in modern automatic weapons and also got trained in weapons, along with Dharmapuri Naveen, who was killed in an encounter between the police and the Maoists in Kodaikanal in 2008," a told

The couple was planning to recruit cadres and carry out anti-national activities, he added.

A case was registered against the couple at the station under the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the said.

The 'Q' Branch is also looking into the matter. The said it was being ascertained as to who came in contact with the Maoist couple in and added that they would also be questioned.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 15:15 IST