VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Rural police have achieved another success in its anti-Maoists operations as two Maoist members and two Maoist Militia members of CPI (Maoist), Korukonda and Galikonda area committees respectively, surrendered before the superintendent of Police (Rural) Koya Praveen at District Police Office here Tuesday. The police said that fear for their family’s well-being and several health problems made the members surrender. They were identified as P Somaraju (19) of Thatidowly area in Chintapalli mandal, V Chinnam Naidu (30) and militia members P Chanti (20) and P Rambabu (34) of Cherukumpalem area of GK Veedhi mandal in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, Koya Praveen said that V Chinnam Naidu alias Sannam Naidu of Galoikonda area committee Dalam member and P Somaraju of Koraukonda area committee Dalam member were party to many offences. He further stated that Naidu is a member of the outlawed movement since 2005 and carried a cash reward of `1 lakh on his head. Naidu was involved in six major offences, including blasting of APFDC’s coffee godowns and a cell tower in Vizag Agency.
The police explained that Somaraju joined the outfit in 2010 and was an active member of various offences and is said to be involved in the murder of panchayat vice-president K Chinnaiah in 2010. Somraju was known to supply material to Maoists and passed them information about police movements in the area.
Militia members P Chanti and P Rambabu who laid down their arms worked as informers and were also involved in the blasting of APFDC’s coffee godowns and blocking vehicular movement by placing trees on roads during the Maoists’ bandh call. OSD Vishal Gunni and several other officers were present.
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When questioned about the recent issue when MLAs targetted him over various issues, SP Koya Praveen felt that it was an unfortunate incident and stated that in a democratic country, politicos have the right to question bureaucrats. Praveen also said that they were only doing their duty when they denied permission to some unauthorised vehicles to carry sand near Yelamanchili.