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Maoist accused of inciting minorities in Gujarat, Maharashtra held in Hyderabad

Sriramula Srinivas alias Sudarshan was booked by Surat police in 2010 for inciting tribals and religious minorities of Gujarat and Maharashtra to wage war against the government.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2017 20:00 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
Maoist,Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad,Gujarat
A Maoist rebel in his 60s was arrested in Hyderabad. (AP File Photo / Representational)

A Maoist leader allegedly involved in activities in south Gujarat was arrested by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Hyderabad in Telangana, officials said on Sunday.

Sriramula Srinivas alias Sudarshan, aged around 60, was absconding after he was booked by the Surat district police in 2010 for allegedly inciting tribals and religious minorities of Surat, southern Gujarat and northern Maharashtra to wage war against the government, said a release by the ATS.

Based on a specific tip off, a team of Gujarat ATS nabbed Srinivas from Hyderabad on Saturday and brought him to Ahmedabad on Sunday. He will be handed over to Surat-Rural police for further action, said the release.

Srinivas, a native of Nalgonda, is facing charges under IPC section 121 (waging war against the government), 124 (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) under various other sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act(UAPA), said the release.

According to the ATS, Srinivas once served as the underground operative of banned outfit CPI-Maoist to build an armed cadre in Surat and adjoined areas by floating various fronts, such as Navjavan Bharat Sabha and Majdoor Vikas Manch.

Srinivas was arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police in 2007 over his alleged involvement in the assassination bid on then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in 2003 at Alipiri in Andhra Pradesh.

However, he was released from jail in exchange of the release of an abducted district collector from Odisha in 2011. He was also accused of collecting funds for Maoist operations through extortion, said the release.

First Published: Sep 24, 2017 20:00 IST