Senior Maoist leader dead
A top leader of the banned CPI (Maoist) Kudumula Venkata Ramana, alias Ravi, died of jaundice at a city hospital on Saturday.
Ravi was member of the Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee (AOBSZC) and commander of first company of party’s central regional committee (CRC) that was responsible for many operations in the area. He had reportedly planned many attacks on the police and destruction of property. Ravi carried a reward of Rs. 20 lakh on his head.
Ravi was reportedly brought to the city from a place beyond Sapparla in Chintapalli mandal in the morning but was already dead, according to information available with the police, Superintendent of Police Koya Praveen said. Ravi, a native of Kommangi village in Chintapalli mandal joined the Maoist party in 1998 soon after completing high school. He rose in the party ranks to become one of its top leaders and military strategist. He married Kumari, a party member.
Ravi’s body reached his native village of Kommangi in Chintapalli mandal on Saturday evening. The last rites will be performed on Sunday.
A large number of Girijans reached Kommangi as the news of Ravi’s body being brought there from Visakhapatnam spread. BJP leader Lokula Gandhi, wife of former Minister P. Balaraju have also paid respects to Ravi.
Woman Maoist arrested
Visakhapatnam: The Visakha Rural police reportedly arrested Galikonda area committee member Vantala Checchu alias Vasanta of Bonangipalli in GK Veedhi mandal a couple of days ago. Vasanta is the wife of senior leader and divisional committee member Krishna. The 33-year-old naxal has been suffering from various ailments. According to sources, she had been staying at her native village for some time to avail medical treatment. After learning this, the rural cops went to the village and took her into custody. Vasanta was nabbed by combing parties at Janbai in the cut-off area in Malkangiri district of Odisha five years ago. However, she had managed to escaped from custody. The rural cops are yet to confirm the arrest.
MAOISTS KILL ‘INFORMER’ IN GOMIA
After a prolonged silence in the Naxal infested block, Gomia of Bokaro district, armed squid of outlawed CPI (Maoists) struck again at Chutte — Kharna forest area in Bokaro district, killing one youth for allegedly being police informer and also collecting levy in favour of Maoists.
Police sources said that the CPI (Maoists) ultras struck at Pipradih village, 50 km from the district head quarter ,late on Friday night. The village fall under the jurisdiction of Gomia police station, the police suspect involvement of the other Maoists dasta in the incident.
Maoist leader Azad shifted to SCBMCH in Odisha’s Cuttack
Maoist leader D Keshav Rao alias Azad, who was admitted to Capital Hospital here yesterday, was today shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Odisha’s Cuttack. He was on a fast for the past eleven days in the special jail here following which he was admitted to the Capital Hospital here yesterday as his health condition deteriorated.
Azad and four others, who are on indefinite hunger strike, were admitted to the government-run referral hospital here yesterday.
The Maoist leader is lodged in Jharpada Special Jail since 2011 and it is the fourth fast inside the jail in the past five years. He is on a hunger strike since March 30 demanding fulfillment of five-point charter of demand including a speedy trial, regular production in court in connection with cases against them and status of political prisoner.
On April 3, Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) had directed the Prisons Directorate, Home department and DGP to take steps to end the strike by under trial prisoners (UTPs) following which ADG (prisons) Arun Kumar Ray had visited the Jharpada jail and tried to convince the UTPs to end their hunger strike.