'More Maoists to Surrender' - The New Indian Express

'More Maoists to Surrender'

Published: 10th January 2014 08:12 AM

Last Updated: 10th January 2014 08:12 AM

With the surrender of top Maoist leader Gumudavelli Venkatakrishna Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi, a few more top cadres are likely to give themselves up before the police soon.

‘’Differing with the ideology of the CPI (Maoist), a few top Maoist party leaders are likely to surrender themselves,’’ Director General of Police B Prasada Rao told a press conference here on Thursday.

Usendi, who surrendered himself on Wednesday, was the spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist) Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee. He was presented before the media on Thursday along with his wife Santoshi Markam alias Jaini, who belongs to Chhattisgarh.

Prasada Rao said Usendi, a native of Kadivendi village in Warangal district, carried a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head, had differed with the party top leaders and their ideology for killing informers and damaging school buildings using explosives.

‘’Besides, Usendi and his wife surrendered before the police due to their deteriorating health,’’ the DGP said. Prasada Rao said that as many as 275 Maoist cadres including leaders are underground and evading police.

‘’Of the 275, 77 are from Andhra Pradesh and 198 are from other states. Usendi was underground for the past 28 years and he was active in party activities. We have also identified 17 active Central Committee members of whom 11 are from Andhra Pradesh,’’ he said.

GVK Prasad alias Usendi was arrested along with six others in 1987 in an Arms case in Visakhapatnam. The extremists abducted seven IAS officers including SR Sankaran, demanding their release. He had to be released on bail on December 30, 1987.

Born in 1968, he completed SSC in 1982 from Devaruppula High School. He discontinued Intermediate in Hyderabad. Though he was attracted to the Maoist ideology while in high school itself, he joined the party in 1985.

Usendi was arrested and released on bail in Kundaram arson case. Under ideological influence of Arram Reddy Santhosh Reddy, Purushotham Reddy, and more particularly Damodar Reddy, he joined the party as a full time member in 1986. He was sent to Rajahmundry where he worked as courier to Nambala Keshava Rao alias Ganganna, now a Central Committee Member.

After release on bail in 1987, he worked as a member in Thandava dalam. Later, he was shifted to Balaghat dalam and worked in it from 1990 to 1993. He was shifted to Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) to run the party magazine ‘Prabhat’.

In 2000, Usendi became the in-charge of the press unit of the Special Zonal Committee besides continuing as the official spokesperson of the DKSZC with a different name as Gudsa Usendi since 2006. He has been working in the propaganda team of the party since 2009.

The government will provide Rs 20 lakh cash to Usendi for his surrender as part of the government’s policy to help underground cadre to rehabilitate.

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