Wednesday , October 18 2017

Combing Continues for Elusive Maoists

The suspense continues over the whereabouts of Maoists a central committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK & the top Maoist leader Gajarla Ravi alias Uday alias Ganesh.

Varavara Rao (sitting 3rd from the left in the front row) with family members of slain Maoists in Malkangiri on Wednesday.

Police believe RK, Ravi might be hiding in hamlets along AOB.

Visakhapatnam: Suspense continues over the whereabouts of Maoists a central committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK & the top Maoist leader Gajarla Ravi alias Uday alias Ganesh. Security personnel and the Maoists have unable to trace either RK or Ravi after the gun battles on Monday & Tuesday in which 28 Maoists were killed in the Odisha’s Malkangiri district.

Police believe that RK & Ravi managed to escape from the spot with a support of other Maoists and might have taken shelter in tribal hamlets along the Andhra-Odisha border. Though, leaders of various organisations are claiming that RK & Ravi were not present at the spot. Suspecting that RK and Ravi and some injured Maoists were hiding near encounter site or in hamlets in the AOB, the AP police has intensified combing the operations in the region.

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Four to five companies of armed police personnel were airlifted to AOB by the helicopters from Paderu in Vizag Agency & the other areas on Wednesday morning. Sources said that choppers have been flying attacks over AOB with top officials and the security forces with snipers. The cops are also checking with registered medical practitioners along the AOB to find out whether any injured Maoist person had come to them for treatment.

Quoting party sources, president of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee, Visakhapatnam unit, T. Sreerama Murthy said that the RK, Ravi, Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati & his wife Arunu had not visited Bejangiwada on October 23. Sources said representatives of 18 human rights of organisations from different parts of the country led by Committee for Democratic Rights Organisation would visit the encounter site & nearby villages on October 29 and the October 30 to find the facts of the incident.

7 bodies handed over to relatives:

After two hours of high drama and the heated arguments, the Malkangiri district police handed over the bodies of seven out of the 28 Maoists killed in Monday’s encounter to their family members in the Malkangiri on Wednesday. The bodies included that of Munna, son of central committee member Ramakrishna alias R.K, Chamella Krishna alias Daya, Bakuru Venkata Ramana alias Ganesh & four others. More bodies would be returned on Thursday, the Odisha police said.

Out Of the 28 dead, about 20 have been identified so far. Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra has initially denied permission to the family members to identify their bodies physically. Instead, he told the families to identify them by the respective photographs. After long arguments, the police finally allowed the family members for physical identification of bodies. The process of handing over the bodies in the presence of the magistrate began after family members of 18 slain rebels protested in Malkangiri on Wednesday morning.

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