Thursday, December 13, 2007

Two Naxals die in ‘encounter’ in Warangal

Wednesday December 12 2007 08:42 IST

Express News Service

WARANGAL/GUNTUR: Two Naxalites of the Praja Pratighatana were killed while four Maoists, including a District Committee Member (DCM), surrendered before the police in Warangal and Guntur districts on Tuesday.

According to Mulugu (Warangal district) Assistant SP Naveen Gulati, the special teams conducted searches in and around Janagala Vancha Vagu hamlet after receiving information that some Naxalites were moving in the nearby Tadwai forests.

The police came across a group of Naxalites who opened fire at them. The police returned the fire, killing two members instantly. The exchange of fire lasted for 15 minutes and the police recovered two country- made revolvers and five bullets from the site.

Two senior leaders Ashok and Suresh along with 11 others managed to escape from the scene. The police suspect that the Naxalites were trying to collect 'mamools' from the contractors who were executing works for the ensuing Medaram jatara in February next.

Meanwhile two Naxals - L Raju alias Sampath, a member of Venkatapuram dalam of CPI (Maoist) in Khammam district and G Yakaiah, who was a member of Illendu dalam of Praja Pratighatana – surrendered before Warangal district SP Sowmya Mishra.

While Raju came out of the movement due to ill-health, Yakaiah was fed up as the party failed to solve his family problems.

In Guntur district, a Maoist couple - V Narasimha Rao alias Suryam alias Vamsi and his wife Velaga Lakshmi alias Jaya surrendered before SP Mahesh Chandra Laddha.

Narasimha Rao, a native of Regulagadda village in Machavaram mandal was acting as Krishnapatti area committee DCM while Lakshmi was a member of the Bellamkonda dalam.

They took permission from the CPI (Maoist) leadership to give up arms in 2005 following health problems and were recently permitted to leave the movement after going underground in Krishna and Nalgonda districts.

According to Laddha, the couple was part of the group which triggered a landmine blast killing a circle inspector Brahmaiah and his gunman in October 2002.

They were also involved in famine raids in Morjampadu and Vemavaram villages in Machavaram mandal in 2002.

Laddha said one more couple - M Prabhakar and Nagamani - were still in the party and wanted them to return to the mainstream.

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