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Maoist leader killed in AP

July 1, 2007

Hyderabad, July 1: A top Maoist leader, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was killed in an exchange of fire with police in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh today.

The Naxal leader was killed when a special police party combing the forest area near Medaram village Tadwai mandal exchanged fire with Maoists, police said.

The deceased was identified as Ch Paparao alias Somanna (48), a secretariat member of North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) for over last 15 years.

Somanna, who also worked as secretary of Warangal and Karimnagar districts, was involved in 31 offences including 14 murder cases, police said.

The police recovered one AK-47 rifle, carbine, pistol and four kitbags from the spot. (Agencies)



Top maoist leader falls to cops bullets

June 24, 2007

Hyderabad, June 23: CPI (Maoist) second-in-command Sande Rajamouli, the man who had nearly succeeded in killing former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, fell to police bullets last night in the latest blow to the rebels in insurgency-hit Andhra Pradesh.

The 47-year-old Naxalite leader had 120 cases against him in Chhattisgarh, Andhra and Orissa; was on the wanted list in seven other states and had a cash reward of Rs 16 lakh on his head.Sande Rajamouli maoist leader

Sande Rajamouli

Rajamouli, also known as Prasad, headed the group’s operations in Karnataka and was said to be the No. 2 in the CPI (Maoist) hierarchy after national secretary Muppala Lakshman Rao (Ganapati).

The encounter also claimed a woman guard of the Maoist leader while another rebel escaped under cover of darkness.

Andhra police said the exchange of fire took place near the Dharmavaram railway station in Anantapur district. “They kept running and fired at the police who retaliated, killing Prasad on the spot,” said district police chief Stephen Ravindra.

“The woman rebel died in hospital later. Another injured Maoist escaped,” Ravindra added.

Rajamouli, who was also a member of the central military commission of the rebel outfit, had masterminded the October 1, 2003, landmine explosions that nearly killed Naidu while the Telugu Desam boss, then the chief minister, was on his way to the Balaji temple near Tirupati.

The blasts had ripped apart Naidu’s bullet-proof vehicle but he escaped with fractures to his left collarbone and wrist.

Rajamouli’s death is the latest in a series of setbacks the CPI (Maoist) has suffered in Andhra, where State violence has claimed more than 7,500 lives since 1969.

The outfit, which has lost several leaders, including its top boss in the state, last year, had brought the Karimnagar native back to Andhra to regain control of former strongholds like the Nallamala forests.


Wanted Maoist leader held in AP

June 7, 2007

Wanted Maoist leader held in AP

Warangal, June 7 (PTI): A top Maoist leader carrying Rs 3-lakh reward on his head has been arrested here, police said Wednesday.

Kodavati Kumara Swamy alias Naganna was active in Mahaboobnagar district and was also a member of South Telangana Zonal Committee, District Superintendent of Police, Soumya Mishra, told reporters here.

Swamy was one of the prime accused in the killing of IPS officer Paradeshi Naidu five years ago. Naidu was then the SP of Mahaboobnagar district, she said.

Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed Swamy who was in the city to meet his ex-colleague and surrendered Maoist, G Rajireddy alias Shyam.

The Maoist leader was accused in as many as 14 cases, including killing of eight police personnel and attack on three police stations, the SP added.

Naxal rehabilitation not a smooth affair

June 5, 2007

Naxal rehabilitation not a smooth affair

Kakinada, June 04: Several Naxalites — from ordinary dalam members to commander level — have surrendered mostly on health grounds and unable to withstand the hard life in the interior forests, taking advantage of the government’s policy inviting them to join the mainstream.

In East Godavari district itself, as many as 77 naxalites have surrendered since 1984. But the rehabilitation is not smooth and the authorities are facing a piquant situation in facing the queries of the surrendered.

Reward amount

Though the authorities are able to provide Rs.5,000 to each of them towards immediate relief soon after surrender, they face problems in paying the reward amount. As against nine naxalites surrendered since March 2005, the reward amount has been cleared in case of one Jartha Lakshmi, deputy commander of SGS Srikakulam, that too only part payment .She was surrendered on August 6, 2005 and of the total Rs.50,000 reward amount recommended, only Rs.20,000 was paid to her and the balance of Rs.30,000 is pending. Among eight others, Naragoni Manjula, deputy commander of AOB SZC and wife of Gopanna, is to get Rs.3 lakhs and Naine Adilakshmi, member of Nagavali LOS Srikakulam division, is yet to receive the Rs.2-lakh reward amount. The authorities have sent the proposals promptly but remain pending at the government level.

While the reward amount is to be released from government, the district administration has to provide land and other financial assistance for their speedy rehabilitation.

Interestingly, a majority of the surrendered are refusing to take the government land provided, as they are not cultivable and require lot of investment for development. Official sources say that nearly 60 per cent among them have refused to take the land. The banks or the government agencies are averse to finance them owing to problem of loan recovery.

`No’ to farm land

Another interesting thing, according to official sources, is that some of them who are in area committee secretary cadre, are refusing to accept the governmental assistance openly, for fear of dangerous consequences from the Maoist leadership. As a result, so far eight surrendered naxalites have been given the agricultural lands, six got house sites, while one has been financed for purchase of a tractor another with a truck, two have been given jeeps. Two surrendered naxalites died much before they received the package.



MNC’s make pre-emptive strikes against maoists

May 28, 2007

The MNC’s clearly know that the Maoists are eventually going to
come after them one day and hence they are trying to do their
bit to counter them.

MNCs break youth away from ultra-Left bastion
Posted online: Friday, May 25, 2007 at 0040 hours IST

HYDERABAD, MAY 24: It might shock many, but multinationals like McDonald’s and Dell and even domestic firms like Group 4 Securitas are seeking to employ people from naxalite-infected districts of Andhra Pradesh.

To utilise cheap labour that rural India offers, several companies have tied up with an Andhra Pradesh-based government organisation Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) to source employees from the districts. The tie-up had already generated 40,000 jobs for students of Rural Retail Academies in districts like Karimnagar and Medak and other places in 2006-07.

According to T Vijay Kumar, CEO of SERP, which runs these academies, the target for placement in 2007-08 is one lakh people. For companies, the reliance on SERP makes sense since the booming economy has made it difficult to procure employees for the less glamorous jobs from even the small towns.

Vijay Kumar says, based on the inputs provided by companies, the training centres seek enrolment of candidates. “The advantage of this approach is they already have an assured placement after their training in specific trades,” he said.

The first bout of recruitment was naturally for security guards (SERP is now running 22 security academies). But candidates have now moved up the value chain to include construction and other “soft skills” too. The institutes provide about three months of training to the youth. Since the job-profiles are known, the training focuses on specific skill sets.

The project director of Karimnagar district, T Chiranjeevulu, says about 1,000 young men and women were weaned from the naxalite-affected blocks of his district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, last year. He acknowledges that while the impact of the project will take time to be comprehended, the tales of job availability are spreading.

A look at the addresses of the men and women who have graduated from the institutes buttresses his claims. For 2006-07placements, the list of companies that visited these ‘campuses’ included Reliance Fresh, Food World, Trinetra Birla, Futures Group and the former Hindustan Lever.

Since most of those recruited have managed to retain their jobs, the companies are finding the route a viable alternative to the staid employment exchanges. SERP is also planning to target more districts in the state, and is banking on the robust growth rate of the economy to keep the demand for manpower flowing in.


Gaddar receives threatening calls

April 9, 2007

Gaddar receives threatening calls

HYDERABAD: Balladeer Gadar said on Friday that there was a threat to his life as he was receiving threatening calls from some persons and organisations.
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Speaking to reporters here, he said that he received a threat letter in the name of Budala Srinivas alias Agastha Reddy threatening him not to participate in the programmes of ‘Telangana Dhoom-Dhaam’.Gadar said he was receiving threat calls from Warangal and Nizamabad districts and the complaints to police in this regard went in vain.

He alleged that the police had failed to trace the persons who made the calls. He also criticised the police for their failure to nab the persons who made attempts on his life in 1997.‘‘The police closed the case stating my involvement in various organisations,’’ he alleged. He sought the chief minister to order a re-investigation of the case and for appointment of a commission to take his views.

Gadar said that Maoist leader Vadakapu Chandramouly had mentioned in his diary that there was a threat to Gadar’s life. The diary was seized by the police and they should disclose its contents, he demanded.

In support of him, Telangana Sangharshana Samithi and the student organisations of SC, ST, BC and Minority also warned the government of an agitation if anything happens to Gadar.

Andhra Cafe

Journalist Arrested

April 5, 2007

Scribe arrested
Thursday April 5 2007 00:00 IST


WARANGAL: Former president of Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) Warangal district unit P V Kondal Rao was arrested along with another person for their links with Naxalites.

District police said Mr Rao and Ch Prabhakar were arrested and a huge amount of money meant for procuring party literature and other items for the Maoist, Naxals was seized from them.

According to Ghanapur station circle inspector Muralidhar, a Maoist party member Gajerla Ravi alias Ganesh sent Rs 5 lakh to Mr Kondal Rao, who had been associated with the Naxals for a long time.

He was supposed to hand over the same to Ch Prabhakar, state convenor of Bhumi Commission, residing at Hyderabad.

On credible information, a special police team raided the house of Kondal Rao on Wednesday at China Pendial of Ghanpur Mandal and apprehended the two.

Indian express

AP would thwart Moists attempts : Jana Reddy

April 2, 2007

Home minister K. Jana Reddy on Tuesday said that the Andhra Pradesh police would thwart any attempts of Maoists to attack jails and free their comrades.

The Special Intelligence Branch that deals with intelligence on Maoists had put out an alert that the extremists may resort to mass attacks in areas on the borders of Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

Reacting to the report, Mr Reddy said, “Not only jails, Maoists can strike at any place. We will give a fitting reply.” Police had increased security at jails, particularly in Maoist-affected regions following mass attacks in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh last year. Mr Reddy told mediapersons after the passing out parade of jail warders, “We too have
information that Maoists are discussing attacks. We are concentrating on security at the borders.”

He added, “We will be using intelligence alerts properly and there is no need to worry.” The State has 123 sub-jails of which three have been closed due to lack of security. There are nine district jails and seven central prisons. After the attack on Jehanabad jail in Bihar, the State government shifted most of the Maoist prisoners to high security
central prisons.

A senior police official on condition of anonymity said, “Sub-jails are most vulnerable, particularly those in border districts like Khammam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. But there are no Maoists in the sub-jails. In district jails, there are only Maoists facing trial.”

The Warangal central prison could be the most potential target as most Maoist leaders are lodged there, the official said. But “attacking central prisons is a difficult task. There is lot of difference between jails in Bihar and Chhattisgarh and our jails. We have more security. But we can’t rule out an attack,” the official said. The State police is
studying the various jail attacks in Bihar, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

“On November 13, 2005, about 1,000 Maoists and their supporters attacked Jehanabad jail in Bihar and released a large number of Naxal prisoners. On March 24 last year, at least 400 persons attacked a sub-jail in R. Udayagiri in Orissa and freed 40 prisoners. On April 15 they attacked the Narayanpur sub-jail in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and exploded mines. We have learnt lessons from them. In Andhra Pradesh it will
not be easy,” said a jail official.

“We are filling up vacant posts in the jails department. Jammers will be set up in jails to block mobile phone usage,” he said. “The government was examining the file regarding grant of remission to eligible prisoners,” he added. At least 253 warders passed out of their training on Tuesday. Director general of police M.A. Basith and prisons department Chief Jayachandra took part in the parade.

Andhra Cafe

Naxal leader Merugu Sambaiah surrenders

March 27, 2007

Naxal leader Merugu Sambaiah surrenders
Monday March 26 2007 12:01 IST

WARANGAL: Most wanted Maoist naxal leader Durgam Ramanaiah alias Dilip alias Masa alias Ravi (30) along with his wife Bellamkonda Sarakka and another senior leader Merugu Sambaiah surrendered to the police in the presence of Superintendent of Police Soumya Mishra. He was said to be invloved in the Koraput jailbreak in 2004, in the attack on the security establishments the same night and on the police station at Eturunagaram in Warangal district.

Merugu Sambaiah (55) alias Suramma alias Naganna, associated with the movement for about three decades is secretary of the West Bastar division committee and member of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC). He is also one of the organisers of Maoist party mobile political academic school and carryies a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head.

Bellamkonda Sarakka alias Kala (24), is commander of Chaitanya Natya Manch of Maoist party in DKSZC operating in Chattisgarh. Ramanaiah is currently the Central Military Commission (CMC) instructor and is responsible for conducting military training camps for the cadre and top leaders of the Maoist party. He escaped with five weapons after the jailbreak in Koraput.

Ramanaiah, a native of Tadvai mandal was attracted to party since his school days at Eturunagaram in 1993. He joined the Radical Students Union (RSU) and became a full-time member later. He worked in Nallamalla forest area, North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) and DKSZC, Central Regional Bureau (CRB) and Central Military Commission in various capacities. He carries a reward of Rs 2 lakh.

Ramanaiah was involved in the murder of Yellandu market committee chairman Sesharaju Goud and snatching of walkie-talkies from Kothagudem Thermal Power Station, Paloncha in Khammam district.

Following ill-health and to look after his ageing parents, he decided to come out to join the mainstream.

Sambaiah who has been associated with the movement since 1975 and when the party was founded in 1980 is a contemporary of party founder Kondapalli Seetaramaiah and worked with him for long.

A native of Nallabelli village in Sangam Mandal in Warangal district, Sambaiah went underground in 1980 and was shifted to Bastar in 1982 where he worked as National Park Area Committee commander.

He was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh Police at Manguru in 1984 when he came to secure weapons at Hyderabad. After his release in 1990, he organised Rythu Coolie Sangham meetings.

He again went underground and became National Park area sub divisional committee member.

Sarakka alias Kala (24), a native of Medaram village, Karimnagar district joined the Maoist party in 1997 and had been active in Jana Natya Mandali as a member. An orphan, she joined the party to avoid a forced marriage at home by her relatives.

Another Maoist who gave up arms was Dara Saraiah alias Sekhar (30), native of Munipalli village, Hasanparthy Mandal in Warangal district. He is involved in the killing of a teacher Avula Kattaiah in Munipalli village in 2006.

According to the SP, the Warangal district stood in the forefront in extending rehabilitation package to the surrendered cadre of various naxal groups in the State.


Cop seriously hurt in Naxal attack in Andhra

March 18, 2007

Cop seriously hurt in Naxal attack in Andhra

RAJAHMUNDRY: An Assistant Sub-Inspector of police was seriously injured on Saturday in a mine blast triggered by Naxals in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district.

Ramana Murthy, attached to the Visakhapatnam unit of Grey Hounds (a special anti-Naxal wing of state police), was hurt when the Naxals blasted a claymore mine at Singamkota village of Y Ramavaram mandal, police said.

The injured ASI was air-lifted and admitted to KGH Hospital in Visakhapatnam, they said.

“After the blast the militants, said to be of Gurthadu Dalam, opened fired at the police party which was retaliated,” Officer on Special Duty for East Godavari Satyanarayana said.

In a joint combing operation, Grey Hound’s Visakhapatnam and East Godavari units moved into deep forest areas in Singanikota, but the Naxals managed to escape after the gunbattle, he said.