Visakhapatnam: Police achieved a major success on Tuesday when they arrested a top Maoist commander who was allegedly involved in as many as 27 criminal cases.

Identified as Vanthala Kameswara Rao, he was arrested in an operation at Vizag on Tuesday.

A resident of Rasarai village under Killamkota Panchayat, he was militia commander from 2013 to 2019 of CPI Maoists for the Pedabayulu Area Committee in the district.

According to the district police, he was involved in several offences, including four murders.

Police said in 2013, Kameswara Rao took part in the murder of Pangi Prasad and Pangi Srikanth at Kotagunnalu village in Chinthapalli Mandal.

In 2014, police said, he was involved in the murder of Sindri Karla at Rallagadda in Chintapalli Mandal. Similarly, he was also accused in the murder case of Bachali Balakrishna at Killamkota in G.Madugula Mandal in 2014.

During 2015, he was involved in the murder case of Vanthala Sathya Rao at Madatakonda village in Chintapalli Mandal.

Apart from murders, he was also accused of torching earthmoving equipment and machinery being used for laying roads in Munchingput, Chintapalli, and G.Madugula Mandals.

In addition, he forcibly gathered tribals for Praja courts, famine raids, and passing information about the movement of the police to the Maoists, said the police. The accused was sent to judicial remand.

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