Visakhapatnam: Vizag Rural police have finally got an idea how Chalapathi alias Appa Rao, top Maoist leader and East Division secretary, looks like. This is because they managed to retrieve a recent photo showling Chalapathi and his wife Aruna, deputy commander of the Koraput-Srikakulam Division Committee, from the laptop belonging to slain Maoist Azad. Now, they have made posters of the photo and splashed it all across the Agency area in the hope that they would be finally able to nab the elusive naxal leader and his wife.
Chalapathi carries a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head, while Aruna carries a reward of Rs 5 lakh. As East Division secretary, Chalapathi is the topmost leader in this division which comprises Vizag and East Godavari. Azad, who happens to be the brother of Aruna, and two other naxals were shot dead in an encounter with Greyhounds personnel at Marripakulu in Koyyuru mandal of Vizag district on May 4 this year.
“In this age of smartphones, WhatsApp and high-speed internet connectivity, carrying a photo of a top leader in a laptop is a big slip on the part of the naxals,” said the sources.