Posted by Admin on October 16, 2009
Naveen Kumar Tallam
KARIMNAGAR: The Naxal movement in Andhra Pradesh started in the late sixties in the ‘Agency Area’ (tribal-inhabited forests) of Srikakulam district. Later, it was transformed as the People’s War Group (PWG) movement under the leadership of Kondapalli Seetharamaiah in 1980 in the State. Ever since, several top Naxal (Maoists) leaders from Karimnagar district have been leading the movement including Maoist chief Muppala Laxman Rao alias Ganapathi, hailing from Beerpur in Sarangapur mandal of the district.After reaching its peak, the movement suffered more setbacks and lost several key leaders in police `encounters’.
Many of its leaders either were arrested or surrendered to the police.In December 1999, Central Committee members Nalla Adi Reddy (Kothagattu ofKeshavapatnam mandal) and Seelam Naresh (Jagityal) were killed in police`encounter’ at Koyyur of Tadicherla mandal.State committee member Burra Chandranna alias Madhav of Mangapeta village inKalva Srirampur mandal was killed in July 2006. Another CC member Vadakapuram Chandramouli and his wife Kavithakka alias Karuna belonging toVadkapur of Julapalli were killed in an `encounter’ in December 2006. SandeRajamouli alias Prasad CC member of Gudem in Odela mandal was killed inAnanthapur `encounter’ and his wife Nyalakonda Rajitha alias Padmakka was killed in Nerella of Srangapur mandal in 2003.
The leaders who fought at Lalgarh in West Bengal recently, CC member Mallojula Koteswar Rao alias Kishanji and Chattishgarh Maoist leader Mallojula Venugopal Rao alias Vivek also belong to Peddapalli. Another top leader who was released recently from Cherlapalli jail in Hyderabad – Malla Raji Reddy alias Sayanna – is from Sasthrulapalli village in Manthani Mandal. After his release Raji Reddy went underground. He did not even appear for the court hearing in connection with the killing of former Speaker D Sripada Rao.