Two days after Naxalites threatened to paralyse Jharkhand for "detaining a top Maoist couple", the police on Wednesday produced them before a Hazaribagh court.
On October 11 Maoist leader Koteswara Rao, who is better-known as Kishenji, called Hindustan Times from his hideout in West Bengal at 11.57 pm and said that the police had arrested the couple Ravi and Anuradha Sharma on October 10.
He threatened to bring Jharkhand to a standstill for this.
However, according to the police, the arrests took place only on Wednesday.
Ravi and Anuradha were taken to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate G S Pandey, who remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.
Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police Pankaj Khamboj allowed the media to interact with them at his office before producing the couple before the judge.
“Our arrests are not going to dampen the spirits of our comrades in continuing the revolutionary people’s war,” Ravi, 42, told the media in Hazaribagh, around 60 km north of Ranchi.
“The proletariat fight will continue till the Maoists get power in New Delhi,” said Ravi, who had enrolled for his Ph D at Delhi University in agriculture.
He justified blowing up schools and killing policemen even if they were tribals and from poor families.
Anuradha, 35, said women enjoyed equal powers in rebel camps and were never exploited.
“They are a big catch for us,” Khamboj told the media.
He said Ravi had masterminded subversive operations including Jharkhand police Inspector Francis Induwar’s murder this month.
Kishenji said on the phone that both of them were central committee members of the organisation.
Ravi, resident of Andhra Pradesh’s Mahboobnagar district, had joined the organisation in 1997, Kishenji said.
Anuradha was an employee of a public sector bank (the name of the bank is not known) before she joined her husband in the "people’s war" in 2004. She was an active member of the Maoists’ All India Women’s Wing, he said.
The police have seized a laptop from the couple. “It has photographs of Maoists’ gatherings in several places of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal,” a police source said.