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Odisha Police To Quiz Surrendered Maoist ‘Jampanna’: Team Led By SP-Ranked Officer To Head For Telengana

25 December 2017

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Police has decided to send a team to Telengana for probing into the activities of banned outifit, CPI (Maoists) in the State. The team, led by an SP-ranked officer will quiz the former Maoists-couple, Ginugu Narsimha Reddy alias Jampanna and Anitha alias Rajitha, who surrendered before Telengana Police on Sunday.

DG Police, Dr RP Sharma said, discussions are on with their Telengana counterparts on modalities of the probe and intelligence exchange. “The team will be examining the two former Maoists and try to extract as much information as possible, on left-wing-extremism (LWE) activities of CPI (Maoist) in Odisha.”

Jampanna, 57, was the central committee member of the CPI (Maoist), and his wife Rajitha, also an activist of the outlawed outfit, surrendered following ideological differences with the organisation.

He was serving as the member of the outfits central regional bureau, central military commission and was looking after the Odisha state committee when he surrendered. He also played a key role in the formation of the new Kalahandi-Kandhamal-Boudh-Nayagarh divisional committee.

“He was instrumental in the Naxal attack at Bauxite mines in Koraput and several other incidents in Kandhamal and LWE infested districts,” Dr Sharma added. Jampanna’s importance to the organisation can be gauged from the fact that Telegana police had announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head.

Police sources said that his health deteriorated in recent years. On December 16, 2014, he was nearly killed in an encounter with the Odisha Police in Telan forest near Kalahandi. Since then, he had been cooling his heels in Kandhamal, a well-protected Maoist hinterland.

The 57-year-old former extremist was working in the CPI (Maoist) for the last 33 years and was involved in more than 100 cases of various offences across the country, including 51 in Telangana.

He briefly headed the Odisha state committee and was involved in several operations along the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border. Around 18 cases have been registered against Jampanna in the Warangal district alone. Some of the cases registered are of murder, dacoity and exchange of fire with police.

He was involved in blowing up a police vehicle when the security personnel on election duty were returning on June 15, 1991 at the Eturnagaram police station. Several policemen were killed in the incident, Telangana's DG Police, M Mahender Reddy said.

The rebel, who hails from Warangal district, was influenced by the CPI (Maoist) ideology while studying in Hyderabad and joined the then Peoples War Group (PWG) in 1984. Rising in the ranks, he played a critical role in the merger of the PWG and the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI) to form the CPI (Maoist).

Rajitha, who carried a reward of Rs five lakh on her head, was working with the outfit for 13 years and took part in many offences. She has an MSc degree from Osmania University, joined the outfit in 2003. In 2006, the two were reportedly married.

The couple said, they have decided to lead a normal life after considering many social changes that have taken place in the country over the past one and a half decades.

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Dr RP Sharma, DGP, Odisha