The brother of a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA was arrested by the Siddipet police on Monday, along with five others, for being alleged Maoist sympathisers.
The police seized four firearms, more than 20 live rounds, 250 grams of Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN), a high grade explosive, and several detonators.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that the arrested persons were Repaka Swamy, an employee with a private firm, Basoju Narsimha Chary, who worked with a regional news TV channel in Suryapet, Mantoori Balanarsu, a scrap trader, Gundlapally Venkatesh, a toddy tapper and farmers Vemula Ramchander and Ranjith Kumar.
According to reports, Repaka Swamy was the brother of a slain Maoist, who acted as a courier for the banned CPI-Maoists group.
The Hindu reported that Swamy had met leaders of CPI-Maoist along the Andhra Odisha border in 2013 and discussed recruiting cadre in Telangana.
The report adds that Swamy was given Rs 80,000 and a few memory cards with revolutionary songs, and told to meet one Raghu alias Narsimha Chary, who handed over the pistols and bullets to the former, after taking the money.
The police said that Raghu also handed over a firearm to Vemula Ramchander, who is the brother of TRS MLA Vemula Veeresham.
Ramchander was also associated with CPI (ML-Janashakthi), and reports add that several cases were pending against him with the Nalgonda police.
The police have booked the accused, and are investigating the case.
However, it is yet to be ascertained, as to who the Maoist sympathizers were planning to target.