RK Safe, Declares VV

Hyderabad:A�Haragopal alias Ramakrishna (RK) is safe, according the revolutionary writer Varavara Rao (VV). a�?He is safe in the foresta�?, VV told the media on Thursday evening. The sympathizers of the Maoists have heaved a sigh of relief when the news was given as breaking news by Telugu news channels. The revolutionary writer sounded overwhelmed with joy when he spoke to media person to convey the news that the top Maoist leader is alive and safe somewhere in the forest.

Earlier in the day, the Hyderabad High Court bench comprising justice Nagarjuna Reddy and Justice Jaswal has granted ten days time to the petitioner, Pakmakka, wife of RK and mother of Munna alias Pridhvi, the young Maoist who was killed in the encounter on October 24 at Malkangiri cut off area in Odisha, to produce evidence to prove that RK was in police custody. In the absence of any communication from RK since the attack on the Maoists ten days ago, Padmakka and other supporters of the Maoist movement thought that the police are holding him in a secret place. There were unconfirmed reports that Uday alias Nagesh and RK were taken away in a helicopter to an unknown destination. On Thursday morning, A�Rahul Dev Varma, Visakha Rural SP, told the HC bench that the RK is not there in police custody and it is not possible for the police to produce him before the court as demanded by the petitioner.

There was an audio record released by Maoists on Wednesday late in the evening containing a statement by Jagatbandhu. The media thought it was a fake tape and avoided publishing a story based on the audio. But the Maoist party source on Thursday confirmed that the audio was genuine. A woman Maoists described the scene when the Greyhounds and Odisha Special Police Force attacked the camp where the Maoists were resting. She said the Maoists also fired at the police allowing some of the extremists to escape. RK must have been one of those Maoists who successfully escaped from the police net.

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