Tuesday September 11 2007 06:12 IST
EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
NELLORE: The police today took five more persons suspected to be former Naxals, into custody in connection with the abortive attempt on the lives of former chief minister Nedurumalli Janardhan Reddy and his minister wife Rajyalakshmi at Chendodugutta.
However, the police did not make any disclosures pertaining to the arrest of the former Naxals from Kota, Vakadu and Gudur mandals.
The sleuths probing the landmine blast triggered by the CPI (Maoist), also questioned some staff members of Nedurumalli Balakrishna Reddy Educational Institutions about the whereabouts of some old students.
Investigation officials, accompanied by CLUES team and sniffer dogs, intensified combing operations on Gudali Konda, a hillock located 1.5 km away from the blast site.
The extremists reportedly made the hillock with thick green cover their hideout and spent three months gathering information pertaining to the movements of Janardhan Reddy.
The investigation officials strongly suspect the involvement of some outsiders in the mine blast with the recovery of a Tshirt bearing the label of a hosiery unit in Tamil Nadu from the spot.
The police also intensified combing operations in Venkatagiri, Dakkali and Balayapalle mandals to track down Jana Sakthi group leader Eswar, who earlier threatened to eliminate Rajyalakshmi if she failed to change her style of functioning.
Meanwhile, the police let off Krishna Prasad of Pellakur mandal, who was taken into custody after the blast on Friday.