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CPI MAOIST STATEMENT ON Gummudavelli Venkatakrishna Prasad alias Sukhdev alias Gudsa Usendi

DKSCZ Secretary Ramanna noted that Gummudavelli Venkatakrishna Prasad left the party for money and a woman. Santoshi Markam alias Lalita was just a party cadre, who was working with Sukhdev in the Press Division, and “eloping with a woman leaving his wife behind shows his character,” Ramanna said. Sukhdev joined the party in 1980s but left the party in 1993 when “the party was facing several problems at both militarily and organizational level”.

He lived a peaceful life outside until 1997, and was re-inducted “after the party duly examined his conduct”. , “many of his weaknesses came to the knowledge of the party and the party took many steps to rectify those”. Among his major flaws noticed were “ego, bureaucratic approach and patriarchy”. In 1999, he was punished by the party for having an affair with another woman. He married his present wife Raji, whom he has now left behind.

Ramanna also refuted the Andhra police claim that Prasad surrendered following differences with the central leadership. “If he had any differences with the party, they could be addressed while remaining within the party. The party is very open about such discussions,” he said.

[Above sourced from social media-Signalfire]


Surrendered Maoist a traitor, says CPI-Maoist

Condemning the surrender of State Committee member of Dandakarnya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) Gudsa Usendi alias Sukhdev alias GVK Prasad, the outlawed CPI-Maoist said that the “renegade spokesperson” has left the party without discussion and “concocting stories” of his differences with the party. Mr Prasad had never objected to any decision of the party’s highest body, the Central Committee (CC), nor registered any complaints on ideological issues, while the party “provides enough space for internal debates,” DKSZC secretary, Rammana alias Ravulu Sriniwas said in a recorded statement.

The audio of Mr Ramanna’s statement was played to The Hindu by a senior member of the Maoist cultural front, Chaitanya Natya Manch (CNM) on Monday, from the forest areas of southern Chhattisgarh. The middle-aged leader from Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh, GVK Prasad surrendered with a woman comrade before Andhra Pradesh police last week. In nearly 20 minute long statement Mr Ramanna strongly denounced the erstwhile Spokesperson’s decision to surrender, calling him a “morally flawed” individual. “He was once suspended by the party in 1993 for moral misdemeanour but was re-inducted after repeated requests.

But Sukhdev proved to be a weak person and a traitor,” the statement said. During his tenure in the party, Mr Prasad was questioned for moral turpitude and even now he ran away with ‘another’ woman comrade, the statement said. “His wife Raje is still in the party, while Sukhdev has surrendered with Santoshi Madkam and the action (of running away with another woman) exposes him to the comrades,” Mr Ramanna said.

The CNM member, who used to be Mr Prasad’s close confidant, confirmed that the party had no idea about the spokesperson’s plan to leave the party. “Some reports are suggesting that the party has asked him to leave to organize urban movement, such speculations are baseless as Usendi clearly betrayed our trust,” the CNM member said. Gudsa Usendi is the name given to all spokespersons of DKSZC. Usendi alias Sukhdev alias GVK Prasad explained the raison d’etre of the name to this correspondent in 2010. “Gudsa Usendi was a party member from Abujhmarh who was killed on 26 April, 1999. Perhaps the first tribal martyr from the area (Orchha) and the name traditionally passes to the DKSZC spokesperson,” Mr Prasad explained. He spoke highly about his comrades and reiterated that party does not tolerate any ‘moral corruption.’

The same party is pulling now punches to call Mr Prasad, a man with flawed sense of morality, unsuitable for a revolutionary. Over last five years, Mr Prasad emerged as the voice of the banned party in the forest and escorted writers, journalists or rights activists during their tour of Bastar. It is a puzzle why CPI- Maoist retained Mr Prasad as their spokesperson even after receiving allegations against him. Answering the question, another surrendered senior leader told The Hindu that Mr Prasad’s grasp over many languages and ability to teach and lead younger members made him “virtually irreplaceable” in the party. The party is yet to appoint the new spokesperson – the next Gudsa Usendi – of DKSZC, the CNM member said.

The Hunt For The Last Che Guevara Of The East

Deo Kumar Singh aka Arvindji is the most wanted man in east India. Ushinor Majumdar profiles the elusive Maoist leader

The road undulates through a jungle near the picturesque Netarhat town in Latehar district of Jharkhand. The only vehicular traffic for several kilometres is an occasional motorcycle. The still winter afternoon is broken by the determined trudging of jungle boots, a standard issue for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. They stop their patrol and peer suspiciously into our vehicle after flagging it down. The jawans grip their automatic rifles to their chest for comfort, unaware that the weapons have become an extension of their body.

They are ready to scuttle the faceless enemy that roams these jungles — armed militia of the banned, left-wing extremist CPI (Maoist). As if making casual conversation, Assistant Commandant Biswas asks for our identification, destination and purpose of entry into the forest. Civilian entry means journalists or human rights activists, and in the eyes of the security forces, both of these categories often overlap with Maoist couriers, conduits and sympathisers.

Woman leader dead: Maoists

The Maoists on Sunday confirmed the death of Sirisha, an educated woman cadre, during a gun-battle with the police late on December 31 night at Biriguda under Baipariguda police limits in Koraput district. Sirisha alias Maddu Poornao was a close associate of dreaded Maoist Rama Krishna. She carried a cash award of `4 lakh on her head as announced by the Orissa government. Sources informed the slain woman cadre was the chief of Rama Krishna’s eight-member protection team.

Sirisha’s body was taken away by the Maoists following the encounter and the security personnel were in dark about the status of casualties. However, a statement issued by Malkangiri unit’s secretary Poonam Chandra has brought to fore the fact about her death. “Sirisha, who was very learned cadre, fought valiantly with the police and laid down her life for the cause of the people,” Poonam said in a statement. A resident of Akupalli in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, Sirisha had joined the CPI (Maoist) in 2000. After years as a cadre, she rose through the ranks.

State-run telecom operator BSNL says it plans to install mobile towers in naxal-affected areas by the end of this year, for which the company has selected a vendor and identified 450 locations. “BSNL has opened the tender and selected the vendor. The market price for the project has been obtained, which is communicated to the Department of Telecom (DoT). Further decision is to be taken after the approval of the Telecom Commission,” an official of state-owned BSNL told PTI.

The official said the timeline could be achieved if the Telecom Commission gives its approval in January. “As soon as the approval is there, we are prepared to carry out work in one year’s time,” he added. The official said BSNL has already installed 363 towers and identified another 450 sites for setting up towers. ( Also see : BSNL to open bids for solar-powered 2G mobile towers in Naxal areas: Report ) BSNL was mandated to set up the towers, the cost of which will be borne by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), which is administered by DoT.

The USOF was created under the National Telecom Policy of 1999 to help provide telecom services at affordable prices to people in rural areas where no phone facilities are available. BSNL floated a tender in August for the supply, installation, testing, operation and maintenance of 2G GSM network towers at 1,315 sites for five years in left-wing extremist areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal.

dna special: Maoism is ebbing very fast – Centre

..A Maoist functionary, not ready to come on record, refuted these theories when dna contacted him. “This is typical propaganda that exploitative state regime employs to weaken the Maoist movement which is going strong. The current silence is tactical to avoid interceptions that lead to arrests and encounter killings. Usendi’s surrender was an aberration. I can assure you that nothing of this sort is going to happen again,” he said.

Inter-state police coordination meet before Lok Sabha polls

VARANASI: It seems that UP has become the most suitable place for holding inter-state coordination meetings by the police of neighbouring Maoist-affected states. After the Maoist activities reached UP in late nineties, the state cops realized the need for holding meetings with the police of neighbouring states where the Maoist problem is there. The series of such meetings started after 2000. But on maximum occasions, the UP police initiated the move of hosting such meetings as inter-state coordination meetings of police took place rarely in the neighbouring states.

The last meeting between the police of UP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh had taken place in Renukoot (Sonebhadra district) in March 2013. On an average, the cops of these states meet once every year to maintain coordination on the issue of Maoist problem. The cops recalled that once they had gone to Bihar for this meeting, otherwise on most of the occasions such meeting had been hosted in Varanasi or Sonebhadra districts.

Now, when the announcement of parliamentary election’s schedule is expected any time after January, the state police have started realizing the need for another coordination meeting, said DIG A Satish Ganesh when contacted on Saturday. He said that this meeting is also a must as the season of tendu leaves plucking is also just two months away. Ganesh said that the issue of hosting the meeting by any state is not a matter of concern for anyone.

But, the state police have shown interest in taking initiative. The Maoist problem had entered the state from Bihar border when ultras active in the neighbouring state had started taking shelter in the jungles of Naugarh in Chandauli district after 1996. By 2000, they started utilizing the typical terrain of Chandauli, Sonebhadra and Mirzapur as their harbour that led to major attacks till 2004. But after 2004, the state cops combated the problem effectively and put the ultras on backfoot.

During the inter-state coordination meetings, the cops of all the states share the lists of active criminals and Maoist ultras while the network for sharing of inputs and other information and strategies to improve communication on regular basis is also finalized. But the officials avoid to make comments why a coordination meeting was not organized before the launching of anti-Maoist drive in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other affected states by the Central paramilitary forces and civil police despite the fact that the security at the bordering areas of Sonebhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli districts had to be increased to foil the bid of Maoist to enter UP.

Maoists focus on economic targets

Maoists have killed 4,054 civilians, police informers and security forces in the last six years in the country. An analysis by the Union home ministry has revealed that the left-wing extremists are focusing on high-end economic targets, though the number of attacks on such establishments has come down in 2013. There were 169 attacks on economic targets. Of these, 22 major attacks were on NMDC installations, Gramin Sadak Yojana projects, properties of the panchayat, forests and railway departments, and telephone exchanges. Most of the attacks were in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand; there were no instances in Andhra Pradesh. Of 4,054 killings by Maoists from 2008 to 2013, 121 were in AP.

The highest was in Chhattisgarh with 1,298 deaths, followed by Jharkhand with 1,067. In the one year of 2013, 394 people were killed, which was less than the 415 killed in 2012. There were 10,366 incidents linked to Maoists in the past six years, with 1,129 occurring in 2013. Director general of police B. Prasada Rao said, “Maoists’ influence has come down in the state drastically. However, the top cadres of the Maoists are still from AP. They may come back any time. We have inputs that they are trying to regroup. However, we are ready to face them.”

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