Maoist leader Murali Kannamballi arrested in Pune
Kochi: Murali Kannamballi, a firebrand Maoist leader who has been absconding for 40 years has been arrested in Pune. Murali is an accused in a case related to the attack on Kayanna police station in Kozhikode in 1970.
He is the national leader of CPI (Maoist). Another Maoist leader Ismail has also been arrested, according Kerala police sources. The two leaders were arrested on Friday night.
Murali, a native of Kochi, has published several pro-Maoist books under the pseudonym, Ajith. A drop out from Kozhikode Regional Engineering College (REC), Murali was a classmate of Rajan who was killed during the time of Emergency.
Murali was part of Naxal organization during his student days and stood by Venu group when it was split. Later he formed the Naxalbari faction. After the merger of Maoist factions the group carried out its activities under the leadership of Murali Kannamballi.