Hardcore woman naxalite arrested

Nagpur: A young woman naxalite, who is facing 62 criminal charges and against whom 22 non-bailable warrants have been issued, has been arrested in a swift operation in Gadchiroli naxal hotbed of Maharashtra, police said today.

Identified as Vasanti alias Savita Pandu Potem, the 25-year-old joined the naxal movement in 2004 and was Dalam Commander in Ganglur in Bijapur district in neighbouring Chhattisgarh between 2006 and 2010.

Her husband Madhu was also a hardcore naxalite and operated in Andhra Pradesh. He died in 2006.

Vasanti was produced before a court in Gadchiroli and was handed over to Bijapur Police yesterday, police added.