The Unique Tale Of Blood And Bullet Of Naxal Sister And Cop Brother

11 August 2019


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Malkangiri: Days ahead of Raksha Bandhan, here is a heart-wrenching tale of blood and bullet between a cop brother and Naxal sister in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district. 

On July 29 at around 7 am, a team of security personnel surrounded a Maoist camp near the jungles of Konta area in Sukma. Vetti Kanni, a Maoist member of the Konta area committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), came face to face with her younger brother Vetti Rama, a secret trooper ('gopniya sainik') of Sukma Police.

As Kanni’s men started shooting at the cops, a brutal encounter ensued. The siblings were in opposite lines of duty and their eyes met several times but neither backed off. For both, their duty came first.

Sukma SP Shalabh Sinha said, "As the encounter continued and the duo fired at each other, two Naxals were gunned down. However Kanni, who had an award of Rs 5 lakh on her head, managed to escape."

Interestingly, both Rama and Kanni had joined the Maoist movement as bal sangham (child cadre) in 2006. "Many years later in 2018, Rama surrendered when it dawned on him that his actions were not right. He had Rs 8 lakh reward on his head. He got a job in the police and in the next couple of months, he will be promoted to the rank of constable," added Sinha.

After Rama surrendered, he wanted his sister to do the same. While he sent her emotional letters, she called him a traitor instead. It has been over a year, but Rama continues to try his best in persuading Kanni to surrender from the red rebel life.

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Shalabh Sinha, SP, Sukma