KOLLAM: Kollam Rural police on Tuesday said that the two persons arrested from Kundara on Monday for suspected Maoist connections had direct links with Maoist leader Roopesh.
Anandan (50) of Bharanikkavu and Ramanan (44) alias Anilkumar of Sasthamkotta were arrested by the police after it was found that it was the duo who purchased around 20 sim cards for Roopesh and his associates. According to Kollam Rural SP S Sasikumar, both have been charged for two offences, including the attack on Nitta Gelatin office in November 2014. The police also invoked provisions of UAPA against them. The police traced them based on the information they got from the sim card seized from Roopesh and zeroed in on a mobile card shop at Bharanikkavu. The arrest was made based on the information passed on by the shopkeeper. Anandan bought sim cards from the shop using the documents he had collected from women belonging to the Vedar community in the guise of providing them with micro finance loans.
Sim cards purchased thus were then handed over to Anup, another Maoist activist arrested with Roopesh. Anandan was a Vedar community activist and former regional secretary of Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad, Sasthamkotta unit. He is married and has two daughters. According to police, they managed to nab Ramanan based on the information provided by Anandan.