Nalgonda, December 19: The Nalgonda police produced a senior Maoist Kavali Yadagiri alias Sudhakar alias Pandu alias Nomula Ramana, former courier of top Maoist Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrisha, before the magistrate at his official residence on Tuesday evening.
Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar told reporters that Yadagiri, the Nalgonda divisional committee member, had been arrested at Nizampet of Medak district on Monday. The 41-year-old Yadagiri is a native of Udutalapally in Chandur district. He was involved in 17 cases, including six murders, the SP said.
The police did not allow press persons to speak to the arrested Maoist on the premises of the district police office headquarters. However, Yadagiri told a group of reporters prior to being produced before the magistrate that he had been "tortured" by policemen in Medak. He thanked the electronic media for "saving" his life.
As the in-charge of Nalgonda ditrict committee affairs, Yadagiri had direct dealings with the CPI (Maoist) State Committee. He had been with the Maoists from 1998 and played a vital role in many operations. "He had worked as a courier to Ramakrishna at Tenali before the peace talks. After the failure of the talks, he was elevated as the area committee secretary position," the SP said.
Yadagiri gave police a tough time by killing Jinukala Shankaraiah of Yellamonigudem in Gurrampode mandal on December 6, a day before the Chief Minister's visit to Aler, branding him as an informant.
The Superintendent of Police also revealed that one Pothu Ramesh Goud (38), Yadagiri's companion, gave the slip to the police. The police recovered a 12-bore thapancha and a fusewire bundle from a dump in his house at his native place. The Officer on Special Duty A.Venkateswara Rao said that Yadagiri's wife resides at Zaheerabad.--Agencies