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Surrendered Maoist denies rift with party

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Sambasivudu has no regrets over the violent path of action

-PHOTO: Satish. H

Into mainstream: Maoist Sambasivudu at a press conference with Home Minister K. Jana Reddy and additional DG Intelligence K. Aravinda Rao in Hyderabad on Monday.

HYDERABAD: A day after he surrendered to the police, CPI (Maoist) State Committee secretary Konapuri Ilaiah alias Sambasivudu has denied any rift with his party leadership. “I will not comment on the party as I had no problems with it,” he said when produced before the media in the presence of Home Minister K. Jana Reddy on Monday. The Maoist leader, considered a strategist and key accused in the murder of Congress MLA Chittem Narsi Reddy, had no regrets over the violent path pursued by the Maoists.

“I do not consider it as violence,” was all he said. He said he had not contacted the party leadership directly, but made his intentions to surrender in a written communication. He evaded an answer to question on whether an MLA from Telangana facilitated his surrender. He, however, admitted that “a few people approached me.”

He cited health-related problems, inability to continue actively in the movement and ‘a desire to stay with the family’ as reasons behind his surrender. Being underground as a ferocious action-oriented cadre for 16-long years before his surrender, Sambasivudu, a native of Dasireddygudem village in Valigonda mandal of Nalgonda district hailed from a middle class agriculturist family. He went underground in 1992 taken in by Maoist ideology.

He worked in Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar and Nallamala forest divisional committees in different capacities before rising to the level of the State committee secretary. He was directly involved in 88 offences, including 15 murders and 28 incidents of blasts. He carries a reward of Rs. 10 lakh on his head. Home Minister K. Jana Reddy said the government would look into the surrender from a humanitarian viewpoint. He, however, refused to elaborate when asked whether the cases registered against the Sambasivudu would be scrapped. “We have to investigate into the incidents and take action according to law,” he said.

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