Visakhapatnam: The Visakhapatnam rural police have arrested an associate professor of Telugu at the Andhra University here and three others on the charge of supplying explosive materials to the Maoists.
J Appa Rao, the varsity teacher, was arrested late last night here, said superintendent of police Koyya Praveen and additional superintendent of police Vishal Gunni today.
Rao played a role in giving logistical support to the rebels, including procurement of detonators and ammonium nitrate, they said.
The other three were identified as V Prasad (34), G Subbaraju (32) and K Jagadeesh Reddy.
All the four were produced before the media today.
Narsipatnam police intercepted a car yesterday and seized 500 electrical detonators, 100 ordinary detonators, 300 kg of ammonium nitrate and mobile phones while arresting V Prasad and G Subbaraju.
Their interrogation led to the arrest of professor Rao here and K Jagadeesh Reddy in Kakinada last night.
According to police, they procured the explosive materials from Kathipadu in the East Godavari district.
Rao (38) belongs to a tribal community and is a native of Korrapalle area under G Madugula mandal. He has been working at Andhra University since 2007.