After the CPI (Maoist) leader and spokesperson of Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, Gumudavelli Venkatakrishna Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi surrendered to AP police a week ago, the sleuths of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Chhattisgarh police arrived in Hyderabad, seeking his custody for interrogation.
The NIA and other investigation agencies also want to learn more about Bastar ambush in which 27 people died including former minister VC Shukla and Chhattisgarh leader Mahendra Karma on May 25 last year. Usendi is suspected to have supervised the entire operation which killed 29 policemen, including SP Vinod Kumar Choubey, in Rajnandgaon in 2009.
According to sources, the IB sleuths and Chhattisgarh police who are on Usendi’s trail after the Bastar pogrom, arrived in Hyderbad to seek his custody for questioning him.
Usendi, however, requested the government not to hand him over to the investigation agencies since he had already shared all the information that he had on Maoists with the SIB.
Usendi is understood to have fled to Andhra Pradesh after the police turned the heat on them after the Bastar massacre. He gave up the game and surrendered to the SIB in Hyderabad about a week ago.
A day later - last Thursday - Director General of Police B Prasada Rao formally announced Usendi’s surrender. He said the Rs 15 lakh reward on his head would go to Usendi since he surrendered on his own. He chose to surrender to the police in AP because of the liberal policy on naxalite surrenders and rehabilitation.
Usendi, 53, hails from Kadivendi village in Warangal. He was active in the movement for nearly 30 years and the police say he had health problems which weighed heavily to take a decision to surrender to the police.