Maoist leader held in Kannur

Kannur: A Maoist leader identified as Murugan aka Goutham has been arrested. The NIA (National Investigation Agency) team took him into custody from Pappinissery here.

Murukan was taken into custody when the NIA officials carried out a raid in Pappinissery area after they were tipped off that he was hiding in the place.

Murukan had attended the training session to use weapons held in 2016. The visuals of this training session had come to light earlier. The case in this regard was charged by Edakkara police.

The police said that they had intercepted the vehicle as part of routine inspection and as soon as the police check commenced, the Maoist leader started shouting slogans.

Kannur city police commissioner, R. Elango while speaking to mediapersons said: "The police got a tip-off and we took into custody and fount out that he was Ragavendra from Tamil Nadu. He he had two Aadhar cards and on interrogation found him to be a wanted person by the NIA. We informed the NIA immediately and a team from the national agency took him under their custody."

Elango also said that the Maoist was not willing to reveal many details on why he was in Kannur as also his past activities.

NIA sleuths said that he was one among the 19 Maoist activists charged by the agency in the case related to the hoisting of Maoist flag in the forest and also with conducting arms training.

He was also part of a team that engaged in a gun battle with the elite Thunderbolt team of the Kerala Police.

(With inputs from agencies)

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