Three naxals arrested near Chennai
Three naxals arrested near Chennai

Three naxals arrested near Chennai

S Murari

A special squad of Tamil Nadu Police on Saturday arrested there top naxalites in Poondi forest in Thiruvallur near here.

The police have identified them as Shenbagalli(36), her husband Dasarathan(38) and her brother Jaga Veerapandian(34).Ten other naxalies who were with them escaped before the police swoopdown.

Dasarathan was district secretary in Maoists unit and he could handle guns and grenade.

Shenbagavalli was also a core member of the naxalite unit. The three were staying in a house at Poondi and were waiting for an opportunity to enrol new members.

“Dasarathan is a native of Tiruvallur,” police said. “Shenbagavalli is responsible for enrolling new members.”

Police suspect the alleged involvement of Dasarathan and Shenbagavalli, in the bombing of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s car in 2003 when he was on his way to Tirupati temple. Following this, they have started investigating the couple.

Shenbagavalli is sister of Bhagat Singh, a key Maoist leader who surrendered to the police a few years ago.

When she was organising a secret training camp in Kodaikanal in 2008, police surrounded them. But, she escaped along with a few others.

Later, she went to Udupi and joined a Maoist team functioning there. When she was undertaking training there, she met Dasarathan, a native of Tiruvallur and they got married later.

On a tipoff from the Q branch, Tiruvallur police nabbed the three from a residence in Tiruvallur.