5 Mao leaders arrested at Tamil Nadu

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Coimbatore: In a major breakthrough for the police, a top Maoist leader, wanted in at least 20 cases in Kerala, his wife and three others have been arrested in Tamil Nadu. Roopesh, a law graduate, his wife Shyna hail from Kerala and were successful to evade arrest for more than a decade. They were arrested on Monday and the same was confirmed by Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.

Chennithala said this was a “big breakthrough” and could be achieved due to ‘coordinated’ efforts of the four state governments namely, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu police. “The Maoists are being questioned. Roopesh will be brought to Kerala,” he said.

Besides the couple, others arrested were Anup from Kerala, Veeramani from Karnataka and Kannan from Tamil Nadu.Roopesh is believed to be the mastermind behind the recent attacks in Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala and has over 20 cases registered against him under UAPA, Arms Act and Unlawful Assembly.