Police arrested a senior CPI-Maoist
cadre, identified as Tamil Vanan alias Arthanarishwaran
alias Manickam alias TV (64), at Vikkiravandi in
Villupuram District. TV, one of the pioneers of Maoist movement
in Tamil Nadu, had been on the run for nearly 37 years. He was
also involved in several cases of killing in the State.
Sivalingam (67) and Saminathan
(60), Naxalites (left-wing extremists) of Vakkanampatti under
Jolarpet Police Station limits in Tiruvallur District, were arrested
by a Police party led by K. Sundaram, Inspector of 'Q' Branch
in Tirupattur. They were wanted in several murder and assault
cases, including the murder of three Policemen on August 6, 1980.
Sivalingam, who was involved in 12 cases including two murder
cases, was arrested at Ulundai in Tiruvallur District, while Saminathan,
who was involved in one murder case and an assault case, was arrested
from Moulivakkam in Tiruvallur District. Both had gone underground
for the last 31 years. According to 'Q' branch sources, Sivalingam
and Saminathan enrolled themselves in the Communist Party of India
(Marxist-Leninist) in 1975. Sivalingam, an engine driver, was
also a general secretary of the All India Railway Union.