Ex-Naxal held with weapons

Rayudu had been in possession of the pistol illegally for the past 16 years
Hyderabad: The sleuths of the Commissioner’s Task Force arrested 35-year-old B. Hanumantha Rayudu, a former member of the People’s War Group, for possessing a firearm. The former Naxal was reportedly waiting for a friend in Chilkalguda with the country-made pistol.
Police said Rayudu, who is a native of Anantapur, had been in possession of the pistol illegally for the past 16 years. He used to keep the firearm with him for personal safely.
N. Koti Reddy, the additional DCP of the Commissioner’s Task Force, said that Rayudu became an active member of the PWG following his sister’s footsteps in the late 80s.
“His sister, Sridevi, was married to Penna ahobila Dalam commander Narasimha Reddy in Anantapur. When his sister was killed in an encounter in the Kuderu mandal in 1995, Rayudu surrendered before the district police,” said Mr Reddy.
Two years after his surrender, his brother-in-law Narasimha Reddy gave him a 9mm country-made pistol for his self-protection.
“On Tuesday, he came to city from his home town and was waiting for his friend Arif Khan, who is a rowdysheeter. We are told that it was casual meeting,” said Mr Reddy.
Police have booked a case against Rayudu under the Arms Act and sent him for judicial remand.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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