Naxal revolution

Maoist leader killed in AP
July 1, 2007, 2:30 pm
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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, 5:01 am
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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, 4:19 am
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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, 4:43 am
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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, 7:05 am
Filed under: Andhra Pradesh

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