Maoist couple arrested from Hyderabad by Special Team; officials seized Maoist literature and digital data

Hyderabad: A special team with LB Nagar Police on November 12, 2019, arrested a couple connected with Maoist activities in Telangana since June 2019. The police picked them up from their residence in Mansoorabad, LB Nagar in Hyderabad.

Police also confiscated Maoist literature, three laptops, pen drives, memory cards, and correspondence with Maoists from their residence. Officials arrested Narla Ravi Sharma and Bellapu Anuradha for their involvement in several unlawful activities. Based on the evidence, police registered a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Telangana State Public Security Act, 2012.

Ravi Sharma, an agriculture graduate from Hyderabad, worked as CO in the twin cities, and he was elected as General Secretary, Hyderabad City RSU.

He was arrested in 1988 in two cases including attacking and burning an RTC bus. After his release, he was sent to different parts of the country to train the cadres on political and military concepts. On October 17, 2009, police arrested Ravi Sharma at Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand. He was released on bail on April 4, 2016, and he has been staying with his wife Anuradha in Hyderabad ever since then.

Reportedly, he frequently goes underground for long periods to take part in meetings with top Maoists in Chhattisgarh and other parts of the country. He disappeared from July 21, 2018, to August 6, the same year, with his wife.

Police registered sixteen cases against him in, out of which eleven are in Jharkhand, four in Hyderabad and one at Chintapalli in Visakhapatnam Rural, AP. As per police reports Ravi Sharma is actively involved in the formation of All India Forum against Hindutva Fascist Offensive on February 2019 in Delhi. Allegedly, he is actively promoting revolutionary activities in the State and country

According to police, the seizure of a large quantity of literature and digital gadgets from his house authenticate that he is a hardcore Maoist. The analysis of incriminating literature and digital data seized will further substantiate the charges levelled against him.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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