HYDERABAD: Top Maoist couple Roopesh and PA Shyna, wanted in 20 criminal cases in Kerala, were arrested by Andhra Pradesh Police on Monday in Tamil Nadu along with three other suspected Maoists.
According to the sources, Roopesh, who was in-charge of the Western Ghats zone of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), had been heading the Maoist movement in Kerala along with his wife Shyna for years.
The police arrested them in a joint operation by the intelligence bureaus of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Telangana, said officials.
The couple along with three others were nabbed from a bakery at a village near Coimbatore while they were having coffee, said sources.
The Maoists are being questioned by the officials and would be taken to Kerala for further questioning.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala confirming the news said “It was a result of our four states police forces’ efforts who had been working together for last 2-3 months.”
According to the intelligence officials, Roopesh, a law graduate with Diploma in Information Technology, had been hiding for a decade. His wife Shyna is a former employee of the Kerala High Court and in 2011, she wrote a letter to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy seeking action against police official who allegedly harassed her 71-year-old mother and her two children.