HYDERABAD : Top Maoist leader Tella Nagireddy Panduranga Reddy alias Pratap alias Sagar was produced before the Markapuram magistrate junior civil judge Ch. Venkat Rao at his residence on Thursday evening after an 8-hour drama.
The magistrate remanded the Maoist leader for 15 days and police transferred him to Kadapa jail with heavy security. As many as 150 scribes from various places thronged the Markapuram civil judge's court from 10 am on Thursday as the police announced the production of Sagar at 11 am in the court.
Police earlier kept Sagar at a hideout at the tourism department's Punnami guest house-cum-hotel at Peda Dornala amidst strong vigilance. Up to the last minute, they concealed this information and started from the guest house with 10 sub-inspectors and hundreds of police vehicles following.
As the police squad reached the court at 5.45 pm and the court was closed, police under the aegis of officer on special duty (OSD) R.N. Ammi Reddy produced the leader at the magistrate's house. The judge ordered 15 days of remand and police transferred Sagar to Kadapa jail.
Police arrested Sagar at Jarugumalli of Kandukur division on Wednesday and 24 cases were filed against him, the OSD said. The accused was involved in all major cases and they had already short listed 65 cases, he said. Interestingly, the police produced only Sagar without his wife Madhavi alias Mary and two others who were allegedly taken into custody with the leader.