Info in seized laptop spells death for Maoists

  • Four more killed in second encounter

Visakhapatnam: The Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police had killed four more Maoists on Tuesday as part of the combing operations which continued after the attack on the camp on Monday morning. The second round of killings took place less than 24 hours after eliminating 24 ultras on Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB). The elite AP police force, Greyhounds, and the Odisha special police were looking for the Maoists who escaped in the first encounter.

N Sambasivarao, DGP of AP, who surveyed the forest area in a helicopter, said the four Maoists were killed in the second encounter that took place on Tuesday dispelling doubts that these four were also killed in the same encounter since the bodies were found lying near the bodies of those killed in the first encounter.

The Maoists reportedly opened fire on the police officials who were getting out of the helicopter in Bejangi forest region. The DGP said the security personnel had opened retaliatory fire in self-defence. Sambasiva Rao also dismissed the allegations made by revolutionary writer Varavara Rao and other rights activists that the Maoists were killed in cold blood when they were asleep.

Of the 24 Maoists killed on Monday, 14 bodies have been identified till Tuesday evening, according to police sources. Those whose bodies were identified included Munna, the young son of Central Committee Member Ramakrishna alias RK alias Akkiraju Haragopal.

DGP Sambasiva Rao and ADG (Operations) NV Surendra Babu had visited the residence of Greyhound constable Abu Bakar who was killed in the encounter on Monday. The government had announced a cash compensation of Rs 40 lakhs to the family of the constable. The cheque was handed over to the members of Abu Bakar’s family by the DGP.

Proud of my son: Munna’s mother

“I am proud of my son. He sacrificed his life fighting for the underprivileged”, said Padma alias Sirisha, mother of Munna and wife of RK. Munna (25) was one of the 24 Maoists killed in Panasputtu and Bejjangi regions in Malkangiri district of Odisha.

A former Maoist herself, Sirisha alleged that the police attacked the Maoist from behind and killed in cowardly manner.  The Maoists were eliminated because they were fighting against the proposal to mine bauxite in the area. It is ironical, she said, that the police chose to kill those who were fighting for the poor while encouraging gangsters like Nayeem.  Gajarla Ravi’s wife, RK’s wife and Varavara Rao and others went to the Malkangiri forest area to identify the bodies and take them to their native places.

Clues from the informer

The police received intelligence reports and clues from the informer about the exact location of the Maoists meeting in the dense forest of Malkangiri. The activities of Maoists when they were procuring rice, oil, dal and other essentials from the local vendors were recorded by the intelligence agency.   

The intelligence gathered included the movements of the Maoists to procure and transport the essential commodities to the camp. When a top Maoist leader Azad was killed in May this year, his laptop was seized by the police. It gave away crucial information about the plenary session and the latest photographs of the Maoists who, of late, developed liking for selfies.

 The information was shared with the Odisha police and a joint operation was planned soon after the information about the plenary was confirmed on Sunday when the Greyhounds came across some Maoists who opened fire and vanished in the thick forest.

The Maoists who escaped did not anticipate that the Greyhounds were mounting an elaborate operation in cooperation with the Odisha police to encircle and kill them. “We took advantage of the fog and started firing”, a constable who participated in action said later. He said the police started searching for the bodies of the slain Maoists only after the dawn.

It is understood that two of the Maoists killed hail from Srikakulam while the rest were from Telangana State. Chelluru Narayana Rao alias Suranna was a resident of Batupuram village in Vajrapukotturu mandal while the woman Maoist Bodda Kundanalu was the resident of Nallabodduru village in Mandasa mandal. The rights activists are camping at Vizag to continue their efforts to identify and transport the bodies of the Maoists who were killed in the two encounters.

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