THENI: Three suspected armed Maoists, including a woman, were arrested from a remote illage in southern Tamil Nadu while they were distributing pamphlets and holding roadside meetings calling for an "armed struggle".
The trio was held on Tuesday after residents of Siraiparai village near Varushanaadu in this district complained that a group of five Maoists were calling upon locals to take up arms, police said.
A police party that rushed to the village arrested three of the extremists, but two others escaped.
The Maoists wore blue uniforms, carried weapons and reportedly moved freely in the district which bordered Kerala.
Police suspect the trio belongs to a banned Maoist outfit, which is trying to revive its activities in the state.
The pamphlets distributed by them advised farm labourers "not to carry spade and crow bar if they really wanted to enjoy the fruits of their hard work".
In view of the increasing activity of Maoists, more than 100 police personnel from the striking force, bomb disposal wing and special police have been deployed in the area.
A top Maoist leader from Andhra Pradesh and his wife were arrested in Chennai a few days ago.
Activities of Maoists had subsided in Tamil Nadu over a decade ago after an intense crackdown.